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January 2010

SIUE Nursing Grad Heads For Haiti To Help In Relief Effort

28 January 2010, 1:55 pm

After graduating from the SIUE School of Nursing in December, Emily Zimmerman was poised to start a new career as a nurse anesthetist in the general surgery area at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. But, a devastating earthquake Jan. 12 in the island nation of Haiti changed all that. Zimmerman’s cousin, Jesse Sullivan, who is with the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., asked the graduate if she’d like to spend two weeks in Haiti to help the injured. Reports are that thousands are without adequate medical help and, despite the efforts of several nations to provide aid, it’s still an uphill battle.

“They are in great need of anesthesia providers,” Zimmerman said. “I’ve heard horror stories about surgery performed there with inadequate anesthesia and I want to do my part to help.” Zimmerman is leaving this week on a flight from Chicago with a group of medical personnel and she’s not sure what to expect from the experience. “The team that I will be working with is being flown out of Chicago by Airline Ambassadors International in affiliation with the United Nations,” Zimmerman explained. “The details are still coming each minute. Initially, I was told that we should expect to supply our own food and water for the duration, but I just discovered today that clean water should be available,” she said. “Even so, we have been told to bring our own food and to expect that we won’t be able to shower while down there. There may not be any bathrooms, either.

“I’m not really sure what to expect, so I’m just keeping an open mind. It’s all so last minute and spontaneous. I’m just going to take it in day by day,” she said. “There is a little fear of the unknown and uncertainty of the situation down in Haiti right now, but it’s where I feel I need to be right now,ö Zimmerman said. “Like I mentioned, it does worry me, the conditions that I only imagine might exist down there, but that is exactly why I feel the duty or responsibility to go to help in any way that I can.”

Zimmerman has been interviewed on the local Springfield television station and has attracted some attention. In fact, she’s spoken to so may about the trip that she lost her voice. “It’s getting stronger the more I rest it,” she said. As to the reason she’s going, Zimmerman said she could’’t refuse her cousin’s request. “It’s a little overwhelming right now, but this is why I went into health care—to help,” she said. “I’m kind of scared about what I’m getting into but that’s also the reason I feel I have to go because of what is happening down there in Haiti.” Her drive to help comes partially from her experience in the SIUE School of Nursing. “Aside from the obvious education, knowledge, and skills I received, SIUE’s nurse anesthesia program certainly prepared me to be flexible and open-minded in this dynamic field of healthcare.”

SIUE Celebrating Black Heritage Month During February

28 January 2010, 1:51 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is presenting its 13th Annual Black Heritage Month Program during February, with its theme of Our Piece of the Mosaic: Bringing the Pieces Together. Below is a calendar of events:

Monday, February 1 Opening Ceremony 11:45 AM – 1 PM Goshen Lounge, Morris University Cente
The opening program will feature SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift, poetic readings by Assistant Professor Adrian Matejka, a performance by the African Drum and Dance Group from Wirth Middle School and Cahokia High School, and the SIUE Gospel Choir will lead the singing of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Wednesday, February 3 Increase the Peace Noon – 1 PM Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center 
A motivational pep rally will encourage students to get involved in their communities to serve as positive role models to stop the violence between today’s frustrated youth. Motivational speakers, poets, and artists will share with students small steps that they can take to “Increase the Peace.”

Speak on It 7 – 9:30 PM Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center 
An evening of spoken word and poetic verse of the past, present and future exploring issues and solutions. Co-sponsored by One Mic Poetry.

Friday, February 5 Seventh Annual Gospel Explosion 7 – 10 PM Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center 
An inspirational evening will “spread the gospel of healing, reconciliation, and unity” to the campus and community. The event will feature poetry, rap, praise dance and gospel music. Co-sponsored by the SIUE Gospel Choir

Tuesday, February 9 Dr. King Jr. Birthday Celebration 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center 
SIUE’s annual birthday celebration to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King Jr. will feature guest speaker Circuit Judge Milton Wharton. The event will include lunch, special performances, and recognition of award recipients. Students: $15 general public: $20; call Conferences and Institutes (618) 650-2660 for tickets.

Thursday, February 11 Black Beauty in a Diverse Society Noon – 1 PM Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center 
“Black is Beautiful” was the slogan of the Black Power Era, but what is Black Beauty? Angela Davis, an icon of that era, was a bit more fair skinned than average and had straighter hair than most African Americans. Today, African Americans such as the late Michael Jackson and Afro-Latinos such as Sammy Sosa, made headlines for lightening their skin. Discussion at this session will center on a question: To what degree is it acceptable for black standards of beauty to be affected by aesthetics that originate from outside of the black community? And, among blacks, what features are to be idealized or minimized?

Thursday, February 18 Health Fair: A Celebration of Health, 2010 10 AM – 2 PM Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center 
A celebration of health through screenings and evaluations. Learn how simple lifestyle changes and familiarity with community health care providers may improve your health in 2010 and beyond.

Charles Drew Blood Drive Feb. 18 – 11 AM – 5 PM Conference Center, second floor, Morris University Center 
Dr. Charles Drew, an African American physician and medical researcher, pioneered techniques for blood storage that made the development of large-scale blood banks possible. Dr. Drew also protested the practice of segregating blood on the basis of the race of the donor.

Saturday, February 20 Africa Night 6 – 10 PM Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center 
An evening of African culture through food, dance and entertainment. Contact the MUC Information Center, (618) 650-5555 for ticket information. This event is sponsored by the SIUE African Student Association

Friday, February 19 – Sunday, February 21 Black Theater Workshop—The Journey to Freedom—Feb. 19 – 20 – 7:30 PM Feb. 21 – 2 PM Metcalf Theater 
Artistic Director – Kathryn Bentley; Student Director – Curtis Lewis. This SIUE student -created, student-performed and student-directed production is a potpourri of scenes, monologues, songs and poetry.

Saturday, February 20 Cougar Kids Saturday: Voyage through Africa 10 AM Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center 
Celebrate Black Heritage Month with Mama Katambwa. All participants will have an experience with stories, songs, dances, instruments and characters that will be remembered while learning about African cultures and traditions. Tickets are free for the children of SIUE students; $3 for children of faculty/staff. Tickets may be purchased at the MUC Information Desk.

Thursday, February 25 Demographic Changes and Their Impact on America Noon – 1 PM Goshen Lounge, Morris University Center 
A panel discussion about how demographic shifts in the U.S. population will affect politics and culture in the coming decades.

Black Heritage Month Student Talent Show 7 – 10 PM Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center 
Watch SIUE students as they take their turn on stage showcasing their singing, dancing, poetic and musical talents.

All events are free unless otherwise noted; contact the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686 for additional information. All events are subject to change.

East St. Louis Charter School Students Join Effort For Haiti Victims

28 January 2010, 1:43 pm

By Patricia Merritt
Public Relations Director, East St. Louis Center

Three East St. Louis Charter School students—Aaliyah Hyde (left) and Dialla’ Burrage, along with Brianna Brown (stooping), as they revise their Haiti fundraising project. The students hope to raise $1,000 for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

(EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.) Fourteen-year-old Aaliyah Hyde makes her way gingerly toward her seat in her four-inch-high silver pumps and thankfully is able to down. She’s wearing her mom’s shoes on this Tuesday as part of her “professional attire” for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter School’s “Help for Haiti” week. Aaliyah came up with the idea to get her high school classmates involved in a fundraiser for the survivors of the Haitian earthquake, an event that has left thousands dead and tens of thousands injured. Aaliyah took her heartfelt concern to Charter School friends Dialla’ Burrage and Brianna Brown, and the three freshmen devised “Help for Haiti” week.

The 100 students at SIUE’s East St. Louis Charter School had the option of not wearing their required uniform from Jan. 25 though Jan. 29. Each day was a theme for their attire: Monday–Causal Day, Tuesday–Professional Day, Wednesday–Colorful Day, Thursday–Appropriate Pajama Day, and Friday–Mismatch Day. The cost to participate is $2 a day. All proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross. “Our goal was $1,000,” said Aaliyah. “We felt if everyone did their part, we could raise that amount in a week.” As of Jan. 26 the Charter School had raised $246.

The idea to raise the money is a good one, even if the goal is not reached, Brianna said. “It gives us an opportunity to help others. If an earthquake or something bad like that happened to us, we would want others to help us.” Dialla’ has started brainstorming with her two partners as to other ways to raise money for Haiti. “We’re going to keep working to raise the $1,000. I believe we can.”

A photo of the trio of friends is available here. Shown in the photo are SIUE East St. Louis Charter School students Aaliyah Hyde (left) and Dialla’ Burrage, along with Brianna Brown (stooping), as they revise their Haiti fundraising project. The students hope to raise $1,000 to send to help to victims of the Haiti earthquake. (Photo by East St. Louis Public Relations Department photo)

SIUE’s STAT To Host Polar ‘Bare’ Fun Run For A Good Cause

28 January 2010, 1:34 pm

Members of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), a student alumni association at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will be embracing the frigid weather as they play host to the Polar “Bare” Fun Run on Sunday, Feb. 21, in SIUE’s Stratton Quadrangle. Participants will run a mile around the quad wearing “next to nothing.” While creativity is highly encouraged, attire must include at least swimsuit coverage. 

The event kicks off with check-in at 7:30 p.m., followed by the run at 8 p.m. The registration fee—$10 plus one warm-clothing item that will be donated to the Glen-Ed Food Pantry—includes a Polar “Bare” Fun Run T-shirt, hot chocolate and cookies in the warm-up tent and live music from Smitty’s D.J. Service.

Participants are being asked to pre-register by Friday, Feb. 5, for a guaranteed T-shirt size (small-XL); final registration is Friday, Feb. 12. Registration may be done online,, at SIUE’s Birger Hall or with a STAT officer. STAT provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to interact with alumni before graduation and obtain great advice regarding their major plus create valuable career contacts for jobs and internships. STAT also offers the option to take part in the STAT Alumni Mentor program. Students are matched with alumni from their chosen field of study and given the opportunity to gain valuable career advice.

SIUE Nursing Instructor Doing Her Part To Educate Caregivers

28 January 2010, 1:29 pm

Patients who suffer from forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, present a wide variety of challenges for caregivers. However, Susan Gallagher, a member of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing faculty, has been trying for years to help alleviate those challenges and anxiety for caregivers and their clients. As an RN with a background as a certified geriatric clinical nurse specialist, Gallagher is currently one of the instructors teaching the care of older adult course to nursing students at SIUE. And, as part of her recertification as a geriatric clinical specialist, Gallagher, who has a master’s in nursing, is in the midst of hundreds of clinical practice hours with the education department in the St. Louis chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

And, because of a special program she has coordinated which teaches dental hygiene students at Missouri College in St. Louis about how to engage and care for those with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association was given an award from the college. The award recognized the Alzheimer’s Association as an Outstanding Community Partner for its efforts on this program. “This coming spring we will roll out the new curriculum for these dental hygiene students,” Gallagher said. “MC was not only looking for programming and content but they also have a clinic they operate as part of the dental hygiene program,” she explained, “asking for help from the Association, for guidance and for some assistance with special needs educational content to help hygiene students who might find themselves dealing with clients with special needs.”

Gallagher explained that Dr. Hubert Benitez, director of the dental hygiene program at Missouri College, “felt that because of my work with the association’s education department, I and the association would be a good resource. The new curriculum at Missouri College, to be rolled out during the next semester, will teach these students how to communicate with the client who exhibits these special needs symptoms. This is a pretty unique collaboration between the Association and Missouri College,” Gallagher said. “We know of no other dental training program that is in existence in this type of partnership to this extent.”

At the SIUE School of Nursing, Gallagher teaches nursing students about older adults who are experiencing a variety of symptoms related to dementia or delirium. “That’s why I originally began working with the Alzheimer’s Association,” she said. “Every nursing student should have this same training, especially at this current time when we’re finding an increase in these kinds of cases.”

Under the assessment portion of the nursing education at SIUE, there are tools used that teach students how to recognize clients with dementia or other special needs. “In this program we also will teach how to communicate with that client, how to handle challenging behavior and also how to advise family members in how to best cope with these clients,” Gallagher said.

A nurse for more than 13 years, three of those years teaching at SIUE, Gallagher also has been a teacher of licensed practical nursing students at Sanford Brown Business College in St. Louis and at the St. Louis College of Health Careers. She also has worked in the long-term care industry in the St. Louis area as a staff nurse and a charge nurse. She also has been an assistant director at a long-term care facility in St. Louis. “Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia many used to call senility, but there are several types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s as well as dementia caused by cardiovascular problems,” Gallagher explained. “The thing about dementia,” Gallagher explained, “is it’s not really up to the client to communicate with the caregiver. Even though the client lives in our world, their reality and frame of reference is the world that exists in their memory. We have to make an effort as caregivers to enter that world to be able to effectively communicate with them.

“Two main goals of the program are to teach dementia-friendly care techniques and person-centered approaches to care,” Gallagher pointed out “The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to be a community partner with Missouri College on this multidisciplinary educational program, and both organizations are looking forward to its further development and future growth.”

SIUE Suzuki Strings Tour Group To Offer Trivia Night Feb. 20

28 January 2010, 1:24 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Suzuki Tour Group, a violin ensemble that is part of the Suzuki Strings program for community students, will present its Trivia Night on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the gymnasium at St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School, 1802 Madison Ave., Edwardsville. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the trivia competition begins promptly at 7. Winners of the competition will receive 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place cash prizes—$200, $100 and $50, respectively—for scoring the most points per table. Reservations may be made for tables of 10. Participants may bring their own snacks and beverages; alcohol is allowed.

A silent auction and a 50-50 raffle also will be available. Tickets are $10 per person; $100 for a table of 10. Proceeds will support the SIUE Suzuki Tour Group. For more information, or for tickets, call (618) 542-7000.

SIUE4Haiti Campaign Launches Information Web Page

28 January 2010, 1:20 pm

The SIUE 4 Haiti campaign offers activities this week to raise awareness of the plight of Haitians after a devastating earthquake and aftershocks in the past two weeks in that island country. The Web site offers calendar information about events as well as links to Facebook pages and other lists detailing chances to donate money and/or medical supplies. Visit the Web In addition to several activities to raise awareness, donation jars have been set up in high traffic retail locations across campus, and several schools and departments are seeking donations of money, time and supplies to aid people in need. Spread the word.

SIUE English Professor Receives Nomination For NAACP Award

28 January 2010, 1:11 pm

Adrian Matejka

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Assistant English Language and Literature Professor Adrian Matejka could share billing with actors Laurence Fishburne, Vanessa Williams, Denzel Washington and other noted celebrities at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards. Matejka has received an Image Awards nomination for an Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry for his book Mixology (Penguin Group, 2009) Although Mixology had already been selected for the 2008 National Poetry Series and won an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, this new honor came as quite a surprise. “I was nominated for The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Book, 2003) back in 2004, but I wasn’t a finalist that year,” Matejka said. 

“And, this year I had no idea I was in the running at all until I found out I was one of the final nominees.” The NAACP awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Friday Feb. 26 and will be televised on the Fox network. Watch your local station listings for broadcast times.

Mixology differs from Matejka’s earlier work. “America is a very different place now, a place that requires a different kind of poem,” Matejka said. “I’m really drawn to the ways that race, history, and cultural identity influence pop culture. In Mixology, I tried to explore these ideas with proper deference,” Matejka said.

In the past, the NAACP Image Awards program has provided a venue or stage for people of color to receive accolades and recognition for their work in entertainment and literature. The awards celebrate “the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice,” according to the Image Awards Web site. A group of 300 NAACP leaders and industry professionals select nominees in 53 categories, focusing on motion pictures, television, writing and directing, recording and literature. Winners of the awards are selected through votes cast by NAACP members.

“Being one of the final nominees is humbling to say the least,” Matejka said of his award nomination. “The NAACP has advocated for the rights of people of color in the United States for over 100 years. Were it not for the work of the NAACP and of other socially conscious organizations and individuals, I wouldn’t have been able to do the things I’ve been able to do. So, as a teacher and a poet, in a lot of ways, I’m the result of the work they’ve done,” Matejka added.

Colleagues at SIUE have encouraged Matejka in his work, and are proud of his accomplishments. Associate Professor Larry LaFond, chair of the department, said his teaching staff is proud of Matejka’s work. “Faculty … were understandably very proud of Professor Matejka when he received national critical acclaim for his book, Mixology,” LaFond said. “However, this latest recognition is extraordinary—we could not be happier for Professor Matekja and consider SIUE very fortunate to have a poet of his caliber in our faculty ranks,” LaFond said. “Students who pursue a creative writing degree at SIUE are very fortunate to have nationally recognized writers like Professor Matejka teaching them.”

With support from SIUE’s Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Matejka is planning on attending the Feb. 26 event. “It goes without saying that this is a great honor,” he said. “It speaks both to the creative work I’ve been doing and the institutional support I’ve received,” he said. And, Matejka wouldn’t mind rubbing elbows with some of the stars and celebrities who will be at the ceremony. “I’d like to meet Denzel Washington. He gets a shout out in one of the poems in Mixology (“Domo Arigato, Mr. Mulatto”) and I’d like to give him a copy,” he added. 
“If I make it to the red carpet, I’ll try not to trip,” Matejka quipped.

Faculty, Staff, Students Work Together At SIUE To Help Haiti

28 January 2010, 1:00 pm

Faculty, staff and students are doing their part to support recovery efforts in the island nation of Haiti, following a series of devastating earthquakes over the last few weeks. Donation jars have been set up in high traffic retail locations across campus, and several schools and departments are seeking donations of money, time and supplies to aid people in need. Official United Nations reports list the estimated Haitian death toll at more than 200,000, and expect this number to increase due to widespread disease exposure among the living. Further estimates suggest more than 1.5 million people are homeless, following the initial 7.0 quake that rocked the island Jan. 12 and subsequent aftershocks.

“Our natural instinct as individuals, and as a University, is to want to help in some way,” said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. “The goal of this initiative is to raise funds to be sent to the American Red Cross and the organization known as Doctors Without Borders.” Both of those organizations are part of the relief effort in Haiti.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel is leading the campus wide effort. He said during his time at the University, he has been repeatedly moved by the campus response to natural disasters here and abroad. “I am deeply moved by the initial response of the SIUE community,” he said. “I have always been impressed with their caring, kindness and generosity. SIUE has a rich tradition of giving support and helping those in times of crisis. Once again, we are called upon to respond to an unfortunate event that caused horrific and devastating conditions in an already underdeveloped and impoverished country. Even though this has happened far away from our campus,” Emmanuel said, ”the struggle of the Haitian people is close to our hearts and they are in our thoughts.”

Assistant Professor Ron Worthington, in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, has worked with students to raise $500 so far for the effort. The School of Nursing has set up donation boxes across campus for collection of medical supplies and other items for an AIDS clinic in Haiti that is operated through a St. Louis area organization. Other efforts include the collection of money at SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics events, as well as a fundraiser through the SIUE Office of Housing and the placement of donation containers in the Morris University Center Food Court by SIUE Dining Services. In addition, several activities are planned by the SIUE Greek Community, while SIUE Student Government is creating and distributing ribbons with the colors of the Haiti flag to raise awareness about the on-campus effort.

Kicking off the initiative from an educational standpoint to raise awareness, several “teach-in” segments—aimed at promoting societal, political and cultural awareness—will take place on campus next week. The sessions are open to the public in the Morris University Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 26-27, including:


  • 10-10:30 a.m., Students Should Care About Haiti
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m., The Social and Cultural Fabric of Haiti
  • 1-2 p.m., Highlighting Cultural History & Addressing Troubling Myths
  • 2-3 p.m., The Public Health Agenda & Population Needs in Haiti


  • 1-2 p.m., The Relationship Between Poverty and Environmental Degradation in the Caribbean=
  • 2-3 p.m., The Politics of Haiti

To put the fundraiser in perspective, Denise DeGarmo, who is heading the “teach-in” component, pointed out that just a few dollars donated can go a long way in helping the effort. “For every dollar donated, you can buy three pills of an antibiotic or one jar of Tylenol, or a meal,” said DeGarmo, associate professor of political science, department chair and coordinator of the peace and international studies minor on campus. “We have the power to change this situation and this is one way we can discover the power of e. The people in Haiti need our help.”

For more information, visit SIUE’s peace and international studies page on Facebook, DeGarmo said, as well as other SIUE Facebook sites. Emmanuel said the instruction shown below will explain how to donate to the effort on line:

To make an on-line gift to the SIUE Community Compassion Fund:

1) Go to the following link:

2) When choosing where you want to give, type “Compassion” in the search box and click “Search fund”.

3) Click “SIUE Community Compassion Fund”

4) Continue following the instructions to make your gift.

‘Journey Through Music’ Recalls A Swingin’ Time—Feb. 20 At The ESLHEC

28 January 2010, 11:42 am

l.) Climb into a melodious, rhythmic and captivating “time capsule” and tap, bop and boogie through musical expressions by People of Color. The evening of music and nostalgia will be presented by the SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts and the East St. Louis Charter School, with a theme of “Journey through Music” on Saturday, Feb. 20. Doors will open at 5 :30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Theater on the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., East St. Louis. The ticket cost of $25 includes dinner and an original theater production. The production begins at 7 p.m.

“Journey through Music” traces the history of dance from the 1940s to the present. Some celebrated artists to be remembered will include singer, actress and activist Lena Horne, known for her song, Stormy Weather, and her role in the 1943 film, Cabin in the Sky, and Nina Simone, recognized as a singer, pianist and activist, whose noted songs included: Four WomenLittle Girl BlueI Loves You, Porgy and To Be Young Gifted and Black. Other artists to be remembered on the East St. Louis stage include 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.

For ticket information, please call (618) 482-6912.

Annual Antiques Show And Sale Set For March 13-14 At SIUE

28 January 2010, 11:35 am

Some 70 local and national dealers in antiques will display and sell a variety of items including furniture, fine glass, porcelain, china, toys and books Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, at the Annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Antiques Show and Sale in SIUE’s Student Fitness Center. Since the beginning, some 40 years ago, the show and sale has been conducted by the Friends of Lovejoy Library in support of the Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library at SIUE. According to Kyle Moore, development director for Lovejoy, the event has grown dramatically and now raises more than $50,000 for the purchase of books and materials for the library. The annual show and sale is co-sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat.

The event will take place in the center’s gymnasiums from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Free appraisals with paid admission (two-item limit) will be offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 at the door and are good both days of the event; for a $10 admission (includes general admission cost), “early bird” patrons may enter between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday. Children under 13 years of age will be admitted free. For more information, call the Friends of Lovejoy Library, (618) 650-2730.

MLK Jr. Award Winners Announced At SIU Edwardsville

28 January 2010, 11:34 am

Winner Of Visual Arts portion of the MLK High School competition

Winner of the Poetry potion of the MLK High School competition

Winner of the Essay portion of the MLK High School competition

The Annual Rev. Dr. 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. 9. The awards are given each year to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by the Rev. King. This year’s guest speaker will be The Hon. Milton Wharton, judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit in Illinois which includes St. Clair, Monroe, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties. 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:
KeNicia Dones of East St. Louis-A 19-year-old sophomore pursuing a bachelor of science in Nursing at SIUE, who is recipient of the MLK Jr. Scholarship and Humanitarian Award
Jesse B. Harris Jr.of University City, Mo.-A counselor in the SIUE Office of Advising and Counseling and a member of the SIUE staff for nearly 42 years, who is recipient of the Faculty/Staff MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award.

Winners of the MLK high school competition awards are:
Emily Arnold of Waterloo, a junior at Waterloo High School—visual arts award;
Christine Soucy of University City, Mo., and a junior at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, Mo.—poetry award; and
Thomas Hildebrand of Alton, a freshman at Alton High School—essay award.

A member of the SIUE Staff Senate board as treasurer for more than 20 years, Harris also has been an untiring champion of the Staff Senate Scholarship Committee, which has awarded thousands of dollars in enrollment scholarships to children and grandchildren of SIUE employees since its inception in 1974. He also has been closely involved with the Staff Senate’s Collective Bargaining Scholarship program. “We’ve given in excess of 55 scholarships since 1974, starting out at $200 to $1,000 currently,” Harris said. “We’re very proud of that effort.” He also contributes his time and energy in planning new fund-raising initiatives through the Staff Senate.

Those nominating Harris for the MLK Jr. Award agree that he promotes harmony, respect and understanding in his work with the Staff Senate as well as in his private efforts in the John E. and Regina S. Nance scholarship program at Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church in St. Louis. Harris has served on the Nance Board since 1974 and provides academic readiness workshops for scholarship applicants. He also serves on various boards of directors including those of the Carver House, Legend Singers, Saint Louis University Student Success Center, the National Association of Developmental Education, the Midwest Regional Association for Developmental Education and the American College Personnel Association. Harris also is a supporter of the Annie Malone Children’s Home, also in St. Louis.

From the age of 18 until his mid-30s Harris was a church choir director and also has been involved in other programs since then involving his passion—music. “I’ve studied with (SIUE Music Professor Emeritus) Sarah Turner, with former SIUE music faculty member Dale Moore, as well as Kenneth Brown Billups at Sumner High School, and Henry Isenkramer and Wirt D. Walton, both at what was then known as Harris Teachers College,” Harris said. “These were some of the best vocal teachers in the area, some of which were known nationally. I love singing and I try to do that as much as I can.” Harris has been a featured entertainer at the Annual Staff Senate Ice Cream Social in August, a fund-raising effort he envisioned.

A native of small-town Cotton Plant, Ark., Harris was taught Southern hospitality and compassion for others early on. “My interest in trying to emulate Dr. King goes back to a family and faith argument,” Harris pointed out. “I live by the notion that if I can help someone as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain,” Harris said. “In the neighborhood and in the community, I have to acknowledge that if I don’t want to become part of the problem, I need to be part of the solution. This was the way I was brought up, and, after moving to the big city, I realized things would be different but I still held on to those values.”

KeNicia Dones has been active as a tutor with America Tutor Reads at Coolidge Middle School in Granite City, with East St. Louis Schools, and with the Small Steps Learning Center in East St. Louis. At SIUE, Dones has been a member of the Johnetta Haley Academy, on the Dean’s List since fall semester 2008 and she was involved in the Access and Excellence Scholarship during summer last year. Dones also is a member of the Student Nursing Achievement Program, the Student Nurses Association, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Phi Eta Sigma-Freshman Honor Society, the Evergreen Area Council and the SIUE Campus Activities Board.

For as long as she can remember, Dones says she has heard the stories about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to society. “I remember two values from Dr. King’s speeches: ‘…nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time’ and when he quotes from the U.S. Declaration of Independence: ‘…we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.’ I have made a commitment to these two values, especially because I have learned that we live in a society in which violent actions have seemingly become the norm,” Dones said. “Violence may seem to be an easy route to solve problems, but I have found it’s easier to take the non-violent way out. I believe in the second value because it helps me understand that no matter what the other person’s race, gender or belief system, we are all human and equal.”

Jesse Harris

KeNicia Dones

Tickets for the MLK luncheon are $20; students, $15. For reservations, call (618) 650-2660.

A Season For The Child Continues With ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

28 January 2010, 11:19 am

The emperor has new clothes but there’s a problem. Find out what that is Saturday at a performance of the popular fairytale, The Emperor’s New Clothes, as the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) continue A Season for the Child, FOTAD’s annual series of family theater productions. Piwacket Theatre for Children will perform a delightful adaptation of the tale at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in the theater at SIUE’s Dunham Hall. Piwacket has been working with FOTAD for nearly two decades, providing wholesome family-oriented theater. In Piwacket’s version of The Emperor’s New Clothes, audiences will have fun when they realize the joke as two tailors play out their ulterior motive with emperor. It’s a fast-paced retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.

FOTAD’s A Season for the Child is in its 20th year of presenting family-oriented theater to Southwestern Illinois audiences. The series, sponsored by FOTAD, TheBANK of Edwardsville and Ameren Illinois Utilities, 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.

On March 20, The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis will perform All The World’s A Stage, adapted scenes from several of the bard’s best plays, all retold for young theater-goers. The performance is scheduled at 7 p.m. that Saturday in the theater in Dunham Hall. All tickets for A Season for the Child are $5 per person and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

SIUE Friends Group To Give Spirituality/Sustainability Awards Feb. 6

28 January 2010, 11:13 am

The Friends of the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability (CSS) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the WoRKS Group Edwardsville will present the annual Sustainability Award to Peter H. Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the annual Spiritual Leadership Award to Doris Gvillo, religion columnist for the Edwardsville Intelligencer, both on Saturday, Feb. 6. 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 WoRKS (World Religions, Knowledge and Science) Group Edwardsville is among more than 200 Science and Religion groups worldwide participating in the Metanexus project, Local Societies Initiatives. WoRKS Group Edwardsville programs on the SIUE campus have engaged interested faculty, students, and citizens in dialogue with scholars and renowned specialists in colloquium series, bringing regional and national specialists in areas such as philosophy, religion, physics, biology, medicine, psychology and other disciplines. The Feb. 6 awards dinner will take place in the University Restaurant on the second floor of SIUE’s Delyte W. Morris Center. The honored guest at this year’s event will be Allegra Fuller Snyder, daughter of R. Buckminster Fuller, designer of the geodesic-domed CSS.

In addition to his duties at the MoBOT, Raven, is the George Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, a trustee of the National Geographic Society and chair of the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. A leading botanist and advocate of conservation and biodiversity, Time magazine has hailed Raven as a “Hero for the Planet.”

Gvillo has served the SIUE International Hospitality Program in several capacities since 1971 and has served as host family for many international students for some 30 years. In 2000, SIUE’s Kimmel Leadership Center honored her with the Kimmel Community Service Award. She is an active member of the Eden United Church of Christ, having taught church school and serving on the church council, and also has been active in the Women’s Guild, serving as both vice president and president. Gvillo currently is co-chair of Circle 3 of the Women’s Guild. Gvillo also has served as one of Eden’s representatives to the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chapter of Church Women United. In addition, she has been active in the Madison County Association for Home and Community Education and was a co-leader of a girl’s 4H Club for more than a decade. Gvillo has been very active with the SIUE CSS, at one time serving as secretary for the United Christian Foundation.

Allegra Fuller Snyder is professor emerita of dance and former director of the Dance Ethnology program at UCLA. She also has served on the dance program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1983, Snyder has served as founder and executive director, then as president, and now as chair of the board of directors of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. She is the only living child of R. Buckminster Fuller.

Dinner reservations for the Feb. 6 awards dinner are $50 per plate. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Web site: and download the reservation form. For more information please call the CSS, (618) 650-3246, or email There will be free parking in Visitor Lot B; maps and directions may be found at

PBS Documentary Wins Emmy; SIUE’s Theising Was Contributor

28 January 2010, 11:08 am

A four-part documentary from PBS about unemployment, a segment of which dealt with the current economic impact in East St. Louis, recently won an Emmy Award and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Political Science Professor Andrew Theising was a big contributor to the production. Theising, head of SIUE’s Institute for Urban Research and who has himself studied the political and economic issues in East St. Louis, was instrumental in making the PBS segment a reality by arranging interviews and making production suggestions as well as appearing on camera as an East St. Louis expert. The documentary—aired last spring—was part of what was then known as The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, now known as The PBS Newshour.

Theising’s research—concerning the area of industrial suburbs and their economic plight—has been featured in media nationwide including The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times. He is author of the award-winning book, Made in USA: East St. Louis (Virginia Publishing, 2003), called the first comprehensive scholarly account of East St. Louis and companion book to the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary of the same name. The book is now in its second printing. He recently finished St. Louis Currents: The Bi-State Region after a Century of Planning (Reedy Press, 2009), an eBook on DVD, co-edited with Mark Abbott, a professor of history in the Department of Urban Specializations at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

A member of the faculty in the SIUE Department of Political Science since 2002, Theising teaches courses in urban politics and public administration. He was a 2007 recipient of the SIUE Teaching Recognition Award and is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Southern Historical Association, the Urban Affairs Association, the St. Louis chapter of the American Statistical Association, and the Greater East St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. Theising holds master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he was a Pierre Laclede Honors Scholar and studied under internationally-respected urban scholar Dennis R. Judd.

Carpe Diem String Quartet, Peter Soave To Appear At SIUE Jan. 30

28 January 2010, 10:57 am

The Carpe Diem String Quartet, whose recent CD was selected for the 2009 Grammy Award Entry List, and internationally acclaimed bandoneón and concert accordionist Peter Soave will perform the music of the late Aldemaro Romero Sr. at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, as part of the Arts & Issues series at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“Aldemaro Romero Sr. was an international recording star with RCA Victor and one of the foremost Latin music orchestra leaders in the world,” said Grant Andree, coordinator of the Arts & Issuesseries. “We are proud to have his son here to introduce the Arts & Issues audience to the important legacy his father left to the international world of music.” The composer’s son, Aldemaro Romero Jr., is dean of SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences and will be conducting during the Jan. 30 concert on stage at the theater in SIUE’s Dunham Hall. “And, we’re pleased that the fine musicians of the Carpe Diem Quintet and Peter Soave himself will grace our stage to help Dean Romero in this important musical presentation,” Andree said. “This should be an entertaining as well as enlightening evening for our audience.”

The elder Romero’s reputation as a fine arranger-conductor led him to collaborate with popular orchestras and singers such as Dean Martin, big band bandleader Stan Kenton and popular Latin percussionist Tito Puente. Romero was credited with creating a new form of Venezuelan music, known as Onda Nueva (New Wave) that was influenced by Brazilian Bossa Nova rhythms. He also composed Five Paleontological Mysteries for accordion and string quartet that will be performed that evening by Carpe Diem and Soave, and will be conducted by Dean Romero. The piece, by the way, was dedicated to Soave and named in honor of Dean Romero, who, in his work as a research biologist, discovered the five new fossils.

Carpe Diem, in residence at Ohio Wesleyan University, is a musical group that has captured the imagination of audiences around the world, earning critical acclaim with its electrifying performances. Committed to revitalizing the chamber music concert experience, Carpe Diem is using innovative programming, thematic concerts and popular music for younger generations, cameras and video to assist in the visual presentation, as well as speaking from the stage to better engage the audience. The quartet continues its project of recording the nine string quartets of Sergey Taneyev on the Naxos label, selected for the aforementioned 51st Grammy Awards Entry List this past year in four categories—best classical album, best chamber music performance, best new artist, and best engineered album–classical.

The hallmark of Peter Soave’s performances is the excitement he generates on stage with his execution and sensitivity of touch while playing the bandoneón or the accordian. A native of Detroit, Soave was a young phenomenon on the international competition circuit by the age of 16. He is the only player to win a gold medal in all four major world championship accordion competitions. Deeply inspired by the Argentinean composer Astor Piazolla, Soave began including the characteristic bandoneón (also known as the tango accordion) in his performances as well, and now regularly performs on both instruments. He has recorded several CDs, both as a solo artist and with orchestras. He received the 2001 Detroit Music Award for best classical recording and in 2003 the Detroit Music Award for best classical instrumentation.

Tickets for Carpe Diem Quartet and Peter Soave are $27; SIUE students, $13; SIUE employees and retirees, as well as all senior citizens, $25. Ticket information, subscription rates and ticket sales are available on the Web site:, or by calling (618) 650-5774. 

Most of the 2009-10 Arts & Issues photos suitable for print are available at

The next Arts and Issues series appearance will be:
Steve Squyres-“Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet”
Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom
Sponsored by SIUE’s Shaw Memorial Fund
“Spirit and Opportunity” have always been prominent in the life of Steve Squyres, best known as the face and voice of NASA’s mission to Mars including the pioneering and spectacular drive across the Red Planet’s surface by two high-tech robotic rovers. He will detail to the Arts & Issues audience how he turned what seemed like an improbable dream into a successful $800 million reality.

Get A Jump On The Garden

28 January 2010, 10:49 am

The Edwardsville Intelligencer newspaper recently published a piece about SIUE’s Doug Conley, director of the Gardens at SIUE, and his suggestions for curing the winter blahs—seed catalogs. The article by Julia Biggs is available below courtesy of the Intelligencer:

By Julia Biggs
Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:07 PM CST

We may be in the middle of the cold, dark, dreary days of winter and spring gardening may seem like a long way off, but there’s still something you can be doing now – planning.

What do you do during these doldrum days of winter?  How do we get ourselves to think about spring?  “One way is to surf through the garden catalogs and Web pages and plan your garden for next year.” Director of the Gardens at SIUE Doug Conley said.

There’s no doubt that vegetable gardening grew in popularity in 2009.  For those interested in growing their own vegetables, there are countless resources on the Internet.  A quick “Google” search will provide you with page after page of seed catalog sources.

Conley suggested the Web site as a great source that lists more than 2,000 gardening mail-order catalogs.  “It’s not completely inclusive obviously, but vegetable, fruit, heirlooms – it has all kinds of things so that’s a good source to start with” he said.

Other seed catalogs that Conley recommends are John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, D. Landreth’s Commemorative Catalog and Burpee Seeds.  Most of these catalogs can be found at garden centers or you can request a catalog by visiting their respective Web sites

Conley said he found Landreth’s seed catalog particularly interesting.  “There’s a lot of heirloom varieties included in this one and some additional information that comes in handy like how many days ’till fruit maturation when starting from seed,” he said.

When evaluating seed options also be evaluating what you liked or didn’t like about your garden last year.

For those beginning a new vegetable garden, Conley offers some thoughts.  “Keep in mind that you need an area that’s primarily in full sun,” he said.  “When you’re designing your garden all you need is a piece of paper, some graph paper, a pencil and some ideas of where you want it. Be honest about how big the garden should be and literally lay it out.”

“My advice to the new vegetable gardener is don’t take on too much,” Conley said.  “If you haven’t gardened before, do a modest sized garden. A 10 by 10 plot can be a lot of work. It may not sound like much, but if you don’t have time or lose interest, it can turn into a weedy patch pretty quick.”

He also suggested that new vegetable gardeners grow something that will give you some success like tomatoes and peppers.

Start with how dedicated you’re going to be and then evaluate your goals.  “Do you want enough vegetables to have a few fresh veggies through mid summer and late summer or do you want an abundance that you can or freeze for later use?” he asked.  “Be realistic about that.  It’s a tough thing to do but you can tie up a lot of time if you think you’re going to can and store.”

A Web site that offers a great seed planting chart is

The advantage of purchasing from a seed catalog is that you get greater variety. “If you wait until the garden centers are open you are limited of course by what they have available unless you pre-order,” Conley said. “There are pros and cons to both. If you have a place where you can start your own seeds inside, then you can get a head start.”

For those who aren’t inclined to do a vegetable garden but enjoy reading about gardening, nature and the environment, there’s not a better time to read a book than these cold, dreary days.  Conley suggested “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold.  “It’s a classic of the conservation movement,” Conley said.  “Aldo Leopold owned a property in the Sand counties of Wisconsin and he writes about the comings and goings of the natural phenomenon on his property.  It is beautifully written.  There’s one section where he talks about an oak tree that has died and they are cutting it down for firewood.  As he’s cutting through the tree, he’s counting backward through the rings.  He puts the blade in and he cuts through 10 years and he talks about what happened 10 years ago and how the tree tells the story of the land.  It’s really very poetic. He also chases things in the seasons so it’s a nice read about the conservation movement and the loss of the wilderness.”

Another interesting read that Conley recommends is “It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes” by Jerry Dennis.  “He’s a Michigan author,” Conley said.  “He talks about what makes the sky blue and explains what it means when the crickets chirp.  It’s really an interesting read.”

And for those who are more interested in landscaping, the Gardens at SIUE, in coordination with the SIUE Office of Educational Outreach, is offering a spring gardening series of hands-on activities.

Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. a different two-hour, hands-on class is offered from Feb. 27 to March 27.

The first class begins Feb. 27 with “Pruning Small Trees and Shrubs without Fear or Remorse.”  Presented by Julie Conley, horticulturist and Watershed Nature Center Board President, students will learn pruning basics and then apply what they’ve learned.

“Making More Plants” is offered March 6.  Nancee Kruescheck, co-owner of Naturescapes, will teach participants to divide all types of plants, how to take cuttings and how to sow seeds.

On March 20, Jill Gerardi, Market Basket’s green house manager, and Jason Stevens, Market Basket’s general manager will present “Container Gardening Tips and Trends.”  Learn about current trends and new plant varieties for 2010 from the country’s top growers and breeders.

The spring program ends on March 27 with “Trees in the Landscape.”  Daniel Mueller, grounds manager for the Gardens at SIUE, will talk about characteristics of various trees commonly used in landscaping and how to apply them to home and business plantings.  After the discussion, participants will be given a walking tour of the ground and time will be allocated for spring wildflower searches and invasive plant identification.

“We’re very excited about this new program,” Conley said. “This is our first effort at a gardening series and we intend to do this again in the summer and fall – making this a regular feature.  We welcome input on topics that folks are interested in for future classes.”

The spring gardening series cost $19 per seminar or $15 per seminar when enrolling for two or more at the same time.  SIUE Friends of the Gardens receive a $3 discount per seminar.

Visit the SIUE Office of Educational Outreach Web site at for additional information or to sign up.  Click on the “gardening series PDF” link at the bottom of the SIUE page for a full listing.

P. Birke Named Employee Of The Month For January

22 January 2010, 4:05 pm

Congratulations: Paula Birke, lead specialist in the Office of Financial Affairs, is the January recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Birke is receiving the award from Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenneth Neher (second from left). Birke was nominated for the award by Financial Affairs Director Dave Heth (far right). Also shown is SIUE Budget Director Bill Winter, one of Birke’s supervisors. In addition to the plaque she has been presented, Birke was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations, as well as parking close to her office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

SIUE Student From Carman Named Outstanding TA Of The Year

12 January 2010, 9:39 am

Tara Eaton, of Carman and a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named the Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year. Eaton is studying exercise physiology in the SIUE School of Education.

Eaton, who earned a bachelor of science in 2008 in Kinesiology and Health Education, with a specialty in exercise and wellness, began the master’s program in fall of that year. As a teaching assistant (TA), she is responsible for teaching two sections of “Personalized Shape-Up” and as a graduate assistant coordinates the testing schedule for the department’s Weight Management Clinic.

As an instructor, Eaton students gave her high marks, with 80 percent saying she is “above-average” or “excellent.” Many of the students commented that Eaton is “fun and energetic … passionate and motivated” and that “overall, this instructor was an effective teacher.”

Part of Eaton’s TA duties entails teaching courses, helping faculty members, helping to schedule labs for undergraduate courses, and for testing body composition. As a part of the Weight Management Clinic she assists in designing the clinic’s Web site, conducts video and phone screenings and testing, and keeps track of the Physiology advising room.

Aside from the TA duties, Eaton has been involved in the Kinesiology and Health Education Student Association and enjoys tutoring other students. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing, being with family and meeting new people.

Eaton says she dreams of owning her own training studio but in the meantime she plans to find a corporate wellness position in St. Louis after graduation, or possibly becoming a part-time educator or even continuing her own education.

Eaton’s advice to other students?  “Don’t limit yourself to one path,” she said. “Keep your options open and don’t settle for one thing.” And, she also advises other graduate students to apply for graduate assistant positions because they tend to reveal other options.

Eaton was nominated for the award by Associate Professor Emeritus N. Kay Covington; Professor Curt Lox, chair of the department and its graduate program director; and School of Education Dean Bette Bergeron.


SIUE Art & Design Department Continues Saturday Studio

8 January 2010, 12:39 pm

The “Saturday Studio” morning art workshops for primary, intermediate, middle school students and high school students—conducted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design—continue Jan. 30-March 27 in SIUE’s Alumni Hall and the SIUE Art and Design Building.

According to SIUE Assistant Professor Alyssia Ruggiero, head of the art education area of the department, the studio experience is intended to stimulate the creative and aesthetic growth of students through the use of media and generating ideas for creative expression. “Students will learn about the development of themes and methods of creating art,” Ruggiero said.

The Saturday morning art education program consists of three classes—Primary Children’s, Ages 6-8, Room 3200 Alumni Hall, and Intermediate Art, ages 9-12; Room 3201 Alumni Hall, both from 9- 11:30 a.m.; and Drawing/Painting Jr./Sr. High, Ages 13-18, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 2102, Art and Design Building.

More information about registration, class fee, availability of space, what each class offers, and scheduling may be obtained by calling the SIUE Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3183, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3183, or, by writing the department at SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1764.


SIUE’s Woodruff Earns Distinction As Certified Fund-Raising Executive

8 January 2010, 12:32 pm

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) International has awarded Judith M. Blase Woodruff, of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a CFRE designation. Woodruff, director of development for the SIUE School of Business, joins an elite group of only some 5,400 professionals in the world who have passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fund-raising executive.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential also have met a series of standards set by the international organization that include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fund-raising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. “This certification adds to my credibility as a development professional,” Woodruff said, “so that donors to SIUE know they are interacting with someone who has a deep understanding of the principles and techniques of fund-raising based on accepted best practices, and that they are interacting with a professional in the field.”

Woodruff pointed out that she also is committed to determining the needs of donors and providing them the kind of excellent service they deserve. “I felt it was important to provide donors with whom I work the best possible experience in supporting an institution they love,” she said.

According to Susan Davies Goepp, chair of CFRE International, certified fund-raisers agree to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. “The CFRE process was developed as a way to identify for the public and for employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fund-raising duties in an effective, conscientious, ethical and professional manner,” Goepp said. “Achievement of the CFRE credential demonstrates the level of commitment on the part of Ms. Woodruff to herself and to the profession as a whole.”

Woodruff also pointed out that she has taken a variety of classes and seminars in fund- raising through the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals to “further my understanding and expertise of the fund-raising profession.  The CFRE was the logical next step for me.”

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, CFREs must continue to demonstrate on-going fund-raising employment, fund-raising results and must continue with their professional education.

Woodruff said employers and donors who work with certified fund-raising professionals know they are getting someone who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and someone who is committed to their profession.

CFRE International is an independent organization whose sole mission is dedicated to the certification of fund-raising executives by setting standards in philanthropy. This single, universal, baseline organization works in cooperation with leading philanthropic associations. More information about CFRE can be found on the Web site:


SIU Dental Medicine Prepares to Give Kids A Smile

8 January 2010, 10:13 am

Dental professionals through Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine are urging parents of qualified children to bring those between the ages of 3 and 13 to this year’s Give Kids A Smile Day from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 5 at the School of Dental Medicine Main Clinic, Building 263, 2800 College Ave.

Free dental care, including examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions, will be provided by SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty and students, members of the Madison District Dental Society and the St. Clair District Dental Society, and Lewis and Clark Community College dental assisting and dental hygiene faculty and students. Professionals and volunteers from the community will also participate.

Children qualified to participate in the event are those eligible for free and reduced-priced meal programs.

Give Kids a Smile Day is a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association to provide free dental treatment for underserved children. The event is organized to promote community awareness of the need for dental services among the underserved. Locally in Alton, the one-day event allows an average of over 200 children to receive dental care from dental professionals each year. The volunteer dentists and staff offer an annual average of more than $50,000 in preventive and restorative oral health treatment for the children who participate.

“Every measure is being taken to ensure that waiting times are kept to a minimum,” said Dr. Poonam Jain, associate professor in the SIU School of Dental Medicine and director of Community Dentistry. “Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to be treated.”

Fun activities for children will take place throughout the event. The Lewis and Clark Community College Dental Hygiene and Assisting programs will host a “Smile Station” on site, featuring games to help children learn the importance of keeping their teeth clean.

For more information, contact Sherie Gottlob from the School of Dental Medicine, (618) 474-7200, or While pre-registration is preferred, it is not required.

Avid supporters of the event, State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-East Alton, State Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, U.S. Reps. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, have been invited to attend.

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