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January 2013

SIUE Housing's Rosner Named Regional Advisor of the Month

31 January 2013, 9:36 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Dan Rosner, Cougar Village assistant community director, was named the regional National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Advisor of the Month for December 2012. NRHH is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).

NRHH supports monthly recognition of student staff, programs, professional staff, faculty and more through "Of the Month" awards. Resident Assistant and former Cougar Village Desk Manager Teagan Smith nominated Rosner, who is a St. Peters, Mo. native. The nomination focused on Rosner's work as a mentor and supervisor to the desk manager staff and Cougar Village residents.

"Dan is more than just a staff member in housing," Smith said. "He is a leader, mentor and friendly face. Above all else, he is there to advise and lend his vast knowledge and experience to anyone."

Vicky Dean, NRHH advisor and Rosner's colleague, also commented on Rosner's nomination, "Dan is extremely deserving of being recognized at the regional level."

"As a graduate student seeking a career in student affairs, he has truly demonstrated a commitment to helping students," Dean said. "As he supervises students, they clearly see how completely committed Dan is to not only the job, but also the growth of everyone with whom he works."

For more information about NRHH and its monthly awards, contact Vicky Dean, or (618) 650-5296.

SIUE Cougar Village Assistant Community Director Dan Rosner.

SIUE School of Engineering Hosts South Korean Delegation

30 January 2013, 10:50 am

Center, SIUE School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim, seated at a conference table in his office, is flanked by two members of the South Korean delegation from Tongmyong University.

A delegation of four administrators from Tongmyong University, South Korea visited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Engineering on January 15-16.

The administrators met with top SIUE officials, including Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim. The South Korean delegation's main objective was to discuss the establishment of a 2+2 program with SIUE in mechanical, industrial, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science programs.

The School of Engineering has had a similar 2+2 agreement in industrial engineering with Istanbul Technical University, Turkey since 2007.

The two-day visit ended with tentative curricula in all five disciplines. Administrators from both universities will finalize the details of the proposed 2+2 program over the next few months and expect to sign a formal agreement late in the spring 2013 semester.

In addition to the 2+2 program, discussions also were held about study abroad opportunities for SIUE students, as well as faculty exchange and cooperative research.

"The opportunities we have been pursuing with Tongmyong University and schools in other countries will bring a much desired diversification to our student population in the School of Engineering," said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering. "The opportunities we will create for our domestic and international students will make them more attractive both in the regional and global markets."

Tongmyong University is a private institution located in Busan, South Korea, with a population of about 3.5 million. The city enjoys the economic livelihood of being one of the busiest port cities in the world. The four visitors were Tongmyon University Provost Young Yeol Choo; Park Jun-Hyub, dean of the College of Engineering; In-Ho Kim, chair of mechanical and electronics engineering, and Jin Young Hong, professor of electrical engineering and director of international programs.

SIUE Prepares for Feb. 5 MLK Celebration

29 January 2013, 4:47 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. During the luncheon event, the MLK Humanitarian and Scholarship awards will take place. This year's scholarship recipient is East St. Louis native and SIUE student Demetrius Coleman.

"Each year the campus community, as well as the community at large, plays a vital role in celebrating the life of the late Dr. King," said Sarah Laux, assistant director, civic engagement, through SIUE's Kimmel Leadership Center. "The honorees at this event exhibit his true humanitarian spirit in the things they do, and the lives they touch."

Dr. Ed Hightower, SIU Board of Trustees vice president and superintendent of Edwardsville schools, will provide the welcome remarks. He and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe will introduce the award recipients:

• Coleman, a senior majoring in English language and literature through the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences. Coleman is the recipient of the MLK Humanitarian Scholarship Award. As a resident assistant, he has used his conflict resolution skills to mediate students with differing opinions and backgrounds through SIUE University Housing. He also has served in numerous volunteer positions improving the lives of others throughout the community.

• Charlotte E. Johnson, of Alton, a retired educator known as "the keeper of stories," is the recipient of the MLK Community Humanitarian Award. She works closely with the Alton Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. and the Hayner Public Library District. She was described by nominators as a "tireless volunteer" who has "dedicated her life to preserving history and educating everyone she runs into about the past."

• Dr. Aminata Cairo, assistant professor of anthropology at SIUE, who was described by one of her nominators as "consistently challenging her students to address their personal ideals about culture and cultural sensitivity." Cairo is the recipient of the MLK Faculty/Staff Humanitarian Award.

• Sophia Rotman, a senior at Clayton High School, is the high school essay award recipient.

• Allison Federer, a junior at Villa Duchesne High School, is the high school poetry award recipient.

• Andrew Bruce, a senior at Belleville West High School, is the high school visual arts award recipient.

As part of the event, members of the SIUE's Black Theater Workshop, the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School and the SIUE Flute Quartet will perform.

SIUE School of Business+Smartsheet=Unique Student Experience

29 January 2013, 2:39 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is teaming with Smartsheet to ensure its students have a competitive advantage when entering the workforce. View the story.

SIUE Seeks Nominations for First CLI Alumni Leadership Award

28 January 2013, 10:56 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) Advisory Board will introduce the Construction Leadership Institute Alumni Leadership Award this spring. The award will recognize an outstanding graduate of the CLI program and honor the individual's exceptional contributions to the building community through their leadership, character and hard work. The initial award will be conferred as a part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the program, which will be held in the SIUE School of Engineering atrium on Friday, March 1.

"Many of the more than 200 building industry professionals, who have participated in the CLI program, now serve in leadership roles for St. Louis area contractors, suppliers, professional services firms, major facility owners and industry affiliated organizations," said Dr. Chris Gordon, CLI co-director and chair of the Department of Construction in SIUE's School of Engineering. "In conjunction with our dedicated advisory board, we decided to spotlight the positive impact CLI graduates have had on the local building industry and community."

To be eligible for the annual award, a CLI graduate must have demonstrated exceptional professional accomplishments and community/public service. Members of the St. Louis area building community and the public are invited to nominate a graduate for the award by visiting the CLI website at Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 1, to be considered for the 2013 CLI Leadership Award.

The Construction Leadership Institute was created 10 years ago when building industry leaders approached SIUE to help create a program to accelerate the leadership development of high potential employees. It resulted in the annual program of nine weekly day-long sessions from mid-January through mid-March. The program is designed and continuously refined to develop and hone leadership and communication skills, and critical professional skills for emerging leaders in the building industry.

"SIUE is fortunate to have an exceptionally dedicated group of building community executives on the CLI Advisory Board," said Sandra Hindelang, CLI co-director and director of Executive Education in the School of Business. "Their hands-on development of the program has helped SIUE build a uniquely specialized and fine-tuned program. It meets the mission of improving the processes and outcomes of the building industry by preparing the next generation of leaders."

Organizations currently represented on the board include AGC-St. Louis, Alberici Constructors, Ameren Missouri, BJC Healthcare, Bond Wolfe Architects, BRK Electrical Contractors LLC, Guarantee Electrical Co., Holland Construction Services, IMPACT Strategies, Johnson Controls, McCarthy Building Companies, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Murphy Company, Nooter Construction Co., Regional Union Construction Center, S.M. Wilson & Co., Southern Illinois Builders Association, and The Korte Construction Co.

About SIUE School of Business and the Department of Construction in the School of Engineering

U.S.News & World Report has ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for nine consecutive years and it is among the top 15 public universities in that category. The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists the SIUE School of Business as one of the top 294 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. The SIUE Department of Construction is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, a leading advocate for quality construction education.

Register now for the SIUE School of Education 2013 Open House

25 January 2013, 3:25 pm

Online registration is now open for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education 2013 Open House. The event is set for Saturday, April 6, from 8:45 a.m. - noon in the Morris University Center on the SIUE campus.

The School of Education Explore Academic Excellence Day allows prospective students to meet with professors, current students and advisors in the following programs:

Register online today!

SIUE 34th Annual Friends of Art Auction Set for April 4

25 January 2013, 1:29 pm

The Friends of Art (FOA) along with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design will hold its 34 th Annual Art Auction on Thursday, April 4, at Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC).

This year's auction embraces the old and the new. The auction will be held at LCCC located at 600 Troy Road in Edwardsville. The beautifully renovated site was the original home of the SIUE Art and Design department which was known as the Wagner Complex. This spring, the department will celebrate the opening of the Art and Design west expansion on the SIUE campus on March 21.

The 2013 auction features original donated artwork which may be previewed at 6 p.m. Gary Niemeier of Ahrens & Niemeier Auctioneers will start the bidding at 7 p.m. The lively event features fun and friendly competition that provides participants with almost as much excitement in bidding as winning the item itself. A cash bar will be available.

The 2012 auction featured 195 art pieces in all media that were donated by faculty, visiting artists, alumni, friends and advanced students. The silent auction sold 71 pieces a year ago.

Admission is free to students, those who have donated pieces for the event and Friends of Art members. Tickets for the general public are $5 at the door.

Since l979, the Friends of Art organization has assisted the department in staging this fundraiser. The event provides resources to bring local, national and international artists, and lecturers to the SIUE campus. In addition, the FOA annually sponsors awards for the annual high school exhibit and other SIUE student exhibits.

For event information and to view images of artwork to be auctioned, visit or Facebook-Friends-of-art-SIUE. For additional information, contact Dianne Lynch at (618)-377-8622.

SIUE Departments Work Collaboratively

24 January 2013, 2:37 pm

In an effort to further their mission to expand and integrate knowledge, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, for the first time, has taken an interdisciplinary approach in offering a new degree program. The Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics addresses the need to effectively use computerized systems for the benefit of providing quality patient health care.

Healthcare informatics combines computer technology and clinical expertise to organize, analyze, manage and use clinical information to solve problems and make decisions.

"Healthcare informatics is an extremely important area right now," said Dr. Jerry Weinberg, associate provost for research and dean of the SIUE Graduate School. "In the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, the U.S. government has mandated that all healthcare records must become electronic by 2015. Healthcare professionals who do not accept certified electronic health records will be assessed a Medicare payment penalty. It is important for healthcare professionals to understand the technical side of their field, and this degree achieves that." An interdisciplinary committee was formed to make curriculum decisions for the program, and the graduate school oversees the group. The Healthcare Informatics committee consists of representatives from the SIUE Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Currently, the program is only available to employees at Barnes Jewish Christian Hospital (BJC) in St. Louis, through a corporate partnership, according to Mary Ettling, assistant director, Credit & Distance Education Activities in the Office of Educational Outreach. SIUE is one of few universities in the region that offers a master's in Healthcare Informatics.

The idea for the degree developed as a result of an on-going interest in a 10-week non-credit seminar led by SIUE Business professor, Dr. Mary Sumner, at BJC and subsequent collaborative meetings between stakeholders at SIUE and BJC. The first cohort completes course requirements in May, 2013 and 17 students will participate in the University's spring commencement exercises as well as a special hooding ceremony to be held on-site at BJC.

"The Healthcare Informatics program at SIUE provides interdisciplinary healthcare professionals with a master's degree specifically focused on healthcare informatics," said Kathy Ketchum, assistant dean in the SIUE School of Nursing. "Initiatives at the national level make a career in informatics quite appealing to a wide variety of professionals, including nurses."

Currently, the healthcare informatics program is only for BJC employees, said Weinberg, but the University plans to offer the degree to SIUE students and to other hospitals in the future.

Former SIUE Foundation President Robert Wetzel; 1937-2013

23 January 2013, 2:04 pm

Former Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation President and Chairman Robert A. Wetzel passed away Monday, Jan. 21, in Maryville, Ill. He became a member of the Foundation in 1982 and was a senior director at the time of his death.

Wetzel also was a founding member of the SIUE School of Business advisory board in 1994 and served until his passing.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Eden United Church of Christ, 903 North Second in Edwardsville. Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. until the service time at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Eden Church.

Read the complete obituary here.

SIUE Construction Leadership Institute Celebrating 10th Year

22 January 2013, 3:09 pm

The Construction Leadership Institute kicked off its 10 th year when it convened the program's 2013 session on Friday, Jan. 11. The CLI is a joint program of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business and the Department of Construction in SIUE's School of Engineering.

The curriculum is designed to develop and hone leadership and communication skills as well as critical professional skills. In addition to an emphasis on leadership and effective communication, segments of the program include training on relationship building, business development, finance, construction contracts, insurance and bonding, human resource issues, conflict resolution and legislative issues impacting the industry.

The 27 individuals in the class of 2013 represent a broad cross section of the St. Louis area building community. "Our participants greatly benefit from the diverse perspectives of their peers from across the Illinois and Missouri building industry," said Chris Gordon, co-director of the CLI and chair of the Department of Construction.

Companies represented in this year's program include Alberici Constructors, Ameren Missouri, Byrne & Jones, Cardinal Painting & Drywall, Contegra, Foresight Services, Inc., Icon Mechanical, IMPACT Strategies, J.F. Electric, Johnson Controls, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., Kwame Building Group, MC Industrial, McCarthy Building Companies, Nooter Construction, Northstar Management, Plocher Construction, RCS Construction, S.M. Wilson & Co., Scales Plumbing Co., Subsurface Constructors and The Korte Company.

The class of 2013 brings the number of building industry professionals that have attended the program during its 10 year history to 235. "Business success in the highly competitive building industry requires exceptional leadership, management and people skills," said Sandra Hindelang, co-director of the CLI and director of Executive Education in SIUE's School of Business.

"In the CLI, we've packaged those skills into a convenient, accelerated program using both faculty and industry professionals as instructors," said Hindelang. "Professionals, who have participated in the CLI, now serve in leadership roles for St. Louis area contractors, facility owners and professional services firms."

The program is held on nine consecutive Fridays and concludes on Friday, March 8.

About SIUE School of Business and the Department of Construction in the School of Engineering

U.S.News & World Report has ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for nine consecutive years and it is among the top 15 public universities in that category. The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists the SIUE School of Business as one of the top 294 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. The SIUE Department of Construction is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, a leading advocate for quality construction education.

SIUE WBB Joins the Fight vs. Breast Cancer

22 January 2013, 2:37 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's basketball Head Coach Paula Buscher has issued a challenge.

Buscher will be donating $25 for every three-pointer scored by the Cougars during her team's Pink Zone game Saturday, Feb. 16 against Austin Peay. She is challenging fans to match her pledge. Fans can sign up at SIUE home games beginning Jan. 26 or get more information by e-mail at

"The Pink Zone game is a great way for us to give back to community. It's a cause that is near and dear to my heart," said Buscher. "We work with healthy, young female athletes, and basketball is the perfect vehicle for us to raise awareness, raise funds, and to help the fight against breast cancer and hopefully find a cure."

The Austin Peay game begins at 4 p.m. with the doors opening at 3 p.m. Breast cancer survivors attending the game will be admitted free by contacting for details. A men's basketball game against Austin Peay follows at 7 p.m.

There will be several events going on during the basketball game.

SIUE WBB Head Coach Paula Buscher instructs guard Jazmin Hill.

  • There will be a bucket raffle that will remain open until the beginning of the men's game. Winners will be drawn and announced during halftime of the men's game. A list of raffle items will be released Feb. 10.
  • Twenty-four runners, walkers, and bikers will be exercising during the game on either a treadmill or stationary bike to promote awareness for breast cancer. Each competitor will collect pledges prior to and during the event for breast cancer research. Anyone interested in gaining more information, donating, or exercising, should contest Darleen Harmon at
  • Cougar basketball Pink Zone T-shirts will be available for sale Jan. 26 for $5. T-shirts can be purchased at all home women's basketball games through Feb. 16 at the merchandise booth. There are limited qualities available.
  • All proceeds from the SIUE Athletics Pink Zone game will benefit the St. Louis affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Illinois Recognizes Nurse Anesthesia Week

22 January 2013, 2:18 pm

SIUE School of Nursing's Dr. Andrew Griffin.

Governor Pat Quinn has officially recognized the week of January 20-26, as Illinois Nurse Anesthetists Week. The official proclamation highlights that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) play a vital role by providing high quality and cost effective anesthesia care to patients in various of areas. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is provided in Illinois, which makes them an important part of the health care structure.

"CRNA week is celebrated by the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists (IANA) to help raise awareness with patients about what we do and who we are," said Dr. Andrew Griffin, SIUE School of Nursing associate professor and nurse anesthesia program director. "Nurse anesthetists are important to Illinois because there are so many rural and critical access hospitals that depend on these trained professionals for their anesthesia needs.

"Our SIUE CRNA students will spend a portion of their clinical program training in critical access hospitals. This helps to equip them with the skills needed to provide care to these under-served areas."

Casey Griffith is a double alumnus from SIUE who earned his bachelor of science degree in nursing in 2003 and his master of science degree in nurse anesthesia in 2007. Immediately after graduating from the nurse anesthesia program, Griffith began working at the Wabash General Hospital in Mount Carmel as the facility's only nurse anesthetist.

"My ability to work alone for that first year is a testament to the quality education that I earned at SIUE," Griffith said. "The great variety of clinical sites and the opportunities to learn in multiple regions prepared me to work as an independent practitioner in a rural community. I was able to learn how to operate in settings that were more limited on resources than facilities in larger cities."

Griffith currently works as one of two nurse anesthetists at Wabash General Hospital. The rural critical access hospital has 25 beds, two operating rooms, a surgical department and an endoscopy suite. The two nurse anesthetists work on cases ranging from orthopedic joint replacements to hysterectomies.

"I like the independence that a rural setting brings and the autonomy that comes with it," Griffith said. "In larger settings, there are cases in which you are limited in your scope of practice. However in a rural setting, we are the experts in our focus, and we get the most use out of our education."

Governor Quinn's decision to recognize CRNA week will help promote the work that these medical professionals perform daily. "With the state of Illinois recognizing CRNA week, it helps bring attention to the 1,400 nurse anesthetists in the IANA who are helping to provide necessary anesthesia services to all of our communities," Griffin said.

SIUE Alum Tabbed to Lead Edwardsville Police Dept.

22 January 2013, 8:43 am

Jay Keeven, a commander who has had an extensive career with the Illinois State Police, has been named director of police for the city of Edwardsville. He achieved a business degree from SIUE in 1991.

Read the story in the Alton Telegraph.

Ernest Morrell Inspires Educators at IERC Reception

15 January 2013, 4:01 pm

Can hip-hop music, mock trials and community projects motivate high school students to find their voice and be more engaged in school?

Columbia University's Dr. Ernest Morrell.

According to Dr. Ernest Morrell, director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, that is indeed the case. Morrell was the guest speaker at a reception sponsored by the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Morris University Center last week.

Morrell provided an inspirational presentation about his work capitalizing upon young people's interest in popular culture and participatory media technologies to increase their motivation and promote academic literacy development, civic engagement and college access.

Serving as an IERC national advisor, Morrell also engaged the IERC Advisory Board in dialogue about education reform and focused on new models for administrative leadership in urban schools.

The IERC, led by its executive director Janet Holt, Ph.D., conducts research on education trends in Illinois. It is advised by a board comprised of Illinois education researchers, education providers, state education agencies and other stakeholders.

The IERC is administratively housed in the SIUE School of Graduate Studies and Research.

The audience included SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ann Boyle and Associate Provost for Research Jerry Weinberg.

7th Annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE

15 January 2013, 1:47 pm

The American Diabetes Association is hosting a Free Diabetes Education Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Morris University Center Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The seventh annual Free Diabetes Education Program provides lifesaving information and a complimentary lunch. The program is made possible by the SIUE School of Pharmacy and the Meridian Society.

The program features topics related to both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes. Participants have the opportunity to attend speaker sessions, a vendor fair, receive free screenings and speak directly with health care professionals.

"In fifteen years of caring for patients with diabetes, I have learned that the only advocates, who can really enact change, are the patient themselves," said Chris Lynch, SIUE professor of pharmacy practice and chair of the Madison County Community Leadership Board. "We want to empower people to make the right choices in their own lives."

Speakers and topics offered at the program are:

  • Anna Hufendick and Ami Vora - Test Your Knowledge
  • Chris Lynch- Insulin
  • Lakesha Butler- Steps to a Healthier Life
  • Kathy Gable- Battling the Diabetes Blues
  • Cindy Hartman - Dietary Health
  • Julio Leey - Diabetes and Obesity

More than 25.6 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that 1-in-12 people have diabetes, and many do not know they have it. If current trends continue by the year 2015, 1-in-3 people will have diabetes.

Education is instrumental in curbing the life threatening results of unmanaged diabetes. Through education, individuals are equipped with the tools necessary to potentially mitigate and prevent the complications associated with the disease, which include heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, amputation, severe nerve damage and premature death.

Vendors hosting information tables at the fair will include the American Diabetes Association, Alton Memorial Hospital, St. Anthony's Health Center, Memorial Hospital, Senior Services Plus, Sanofi- Aventis, Illinois Eye Surgeons, Fresenius Medical Services, Anderson Hospital, American Audiology, Healthcare Resource Network and Omnipod.

To register for the program or for more information, contact Rawnie Berry at (888) 342-2383, ext. 6829 or Day of event registration will be available.

SIUE Alum Promoted to Director of Edwardsville Chamber

15 January 2013, 1:32 pm

Desiree Bennyhoff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumna, is the new executive director at the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce promoted Bennyhoff after she had served as interim executive director since August 2012. Bennyhoff's main focus will be to raise membership retention and to enhance service to the business community.

"2013 will be an impactful year for the Ed/Glen Chamber," said Bennyhoff. "We are dedicated to strategically focusing efforts to best serve our membership through programming and benefits."

Bennyhoff's promotion was covered in an article on the Ed/Glen Chamber's website.

Bennyhoff was hired at the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce in 2009 as communications director. Under her leadership, the Chamber streamlined its identity and received statewide recognition for its marketing campaigns, branding and design.

The Chamber has received top communications awards from the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for its monthly newsletter, Common Ground; the website,; the Shop Chamber marketing campaign; the Annual Dinner & Auction campaign; the Community Profile & Resource Guide publication; and the large format community map.

She currently serves on the IACCE Board of Directors, where she spearheads the organization's efforts as communications committee chair, and is an executive committee member.

For more information on membership in the Ed/Glen Chamber, go to or call (618) 656-7600.

SIUE Student Shares Study Abroad Experience on Go Overseas Website

15 January 2013, 10:11 am

Megan Pitcher of Morton shared her story of studying in Spain for a semester on the website, Go Overseas, at The website features stories about experiences abroad from teachers, students and volunteers.

Pitcher, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville senior studying speech communication and Spanish, said if she could do it again, she would have studied overseas longer. To facilitate her trip, she worked closely with the SIUE Center for International Studies.

The student's full story is available at

SIUE Retiree Strikes an Electronic Music Cord with Audiences

9 January 2013, 4:19 pm

Ed Franklin, who retired from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2009, has taken his background in the audio visual department at SIUE and forged a new career in music.

Franklin used both his 31-year work experience in technology and his love for music to delve into the tuneful niche of electronic music. The electronic musician and sound artist is known as BADELF. His debut CD titled "Kate's Gone" was released in 2009.

A story about Franklin titled "BADELF cranks out tunes in retirement" can be found in a January 7th post of the Edwardsville Intelligencer.

Franklin's music, which he says is also popular in Europe, can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Great Indie Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio and Jango Radio. To hear a sample of Franklin's melodious work, visit the video slideshow he produced this past Christmas Season on YouTube.

Longitudinal Study of Community College Students Released by IERC

9 January 2013, 3:02 pm

The Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville released a research report today that describes the diverse and potentially overlapping range of outcomes for community college students.

Outcomes examined include transferring to a four-year college, earning an associate degree, or earning a certificate while taking into consideration the differences in college readiness.

"Since community colleges have open enrollment and comprehensive missions, we thought it would be beneficial to explore the community college outcomes across different college readiness levels," said Eric Lichtenberger, IERC Associate Director of Research and the author of the report.

The study focuses on 26,513 members of the high school graduates who enrolled at a community college during the fall semester of 2003 and tracks their postsecondary outcomes through the end of the spring semester of 2010.

"In looking at the overlap between the outcomes, we were able to determine which groups of students might be at risk of leaving college without any degree or credential," Lichtenberger said.

Findings from the report indicate that community college entrants were less ready for college than other high school graduates, as measured by ACT's college readiness benchmarks in English, math, reading and science. It also concluded a sizable portion of community college entrants was well-prepared to make the postsecondary transition, noting that one in five had met three or more of the benchmarks.

The IERC further reported that associate degree attainment ranged from 42 percent for those meeting all of the benchmarks to 20 percent for those missing all of the benchmarks, while transfer rates ranged from 64 percent for those meeting all of the benchmarks to 29 percent for those missing all of the benchmarks.

"The better prepared community college entrants were overwhelmingly successful in terms of outcome attainment and many transitioned to a four-year college after earning a credential," Lichtenberger said.

This is part one of a two-part series of research reports that focus on the college outcomes of community college students. Part two will look at bachelor's degree completion among the students who transfer to a four-year college. For more information visit or contact Lichtenberger, (618) 650-2840 or (866) 799-4372.

SIUE Students Perform in Honors Voice Recital

8 January 2013, 12:09 pm

Several Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students were selected to perform in the Honors Voice Recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Dunham Hall Theater on the SIUE campus.

The Honors Voice Recital is an annual free event of SIUE's Vocal Studies Program in the Music Department to showcase the talents of its students, said Dr. Emily Truckenbrod, assistant professor of music. Musical theater selections, art songs, opera and oratorio arias are examples of songs to be performed.

Voice faculty selected 11 students to participate in the recital, based on their work ethic and progress during the semester, said Truckenbrod. John Gross, lecturer in the Music Department, will accompany the students.

Those performing in the Honors Recital include: Jennifer Brauer, graduate student enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Vocal Pedagogy Certificate Program; Julie Engelsdorfer, freshman, vocal performance; Tyler Green, freshman, vocal performance; Courtney Groennert, junior, music business; Kim McCausland, graduate student enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Vocal Pedagogy Certificate Program; Emily Ottwein, graduate student in vocal performance and choral conducting; Sarah Paitz, freshman, vocal music; Ben Rardin, junior, vocal performance; Zach Snyder, junior, music education; Cateana Spells, junior, music education; and Allison Wagner, sophomore, vocal performance.

A partial list of upcoming SIUE Music Department's spring 2013 Season is as follows:

• January 18-19, Bi-State Band Festival, 6 p.m. in Dunham Hall Theater (FREE)

• February 15, Faculty Chamber Music Showcase, 7:30 p.m. in Abbott Auditorium

• February 24, SIUE Choirs, 3 p.m. at St. John's Methodist Church in Edwardsville

• February 25, Jazz Band Concert, 8 p.m. in Dunham Hall Theater

• February 26, Concert Band & Women's Glee, 7:30 p.m. in Dunham Hall Theater

• February 27, Wind Symphony & St. Louis Brass Band, 7:30 p.m. in Dunham Hall


General admission is $12 unless stated otherwise. The cost is $9 for seniors and persons under the age of 18. SIUE students with a valid ID card will receive one complimentary ticket per performance, compliments of the SIUE Campus Activities Board.

Dates and times are subject to change. For more information, please call the SIUE Music Department at (618) 650-3900 or for ticket information call (618) 650-2774.

SIUE Seeks to Improve LGBT Environment Ranking

8 January 2013, 8:42 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among a number of Illinois universities making recognized strides in improving the lives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. Campus Pride, a non-profit organization promoting LGBT-friendly campuses, gave SIUE a three-star rating on a scale of five in its Campus Climate Index.

Campus Pride designed the Campus Climate Index as a tool for assisting institutions in learning ways to improve their LGBT campus life and ultimately shape their educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBT and Ally people. SIUE's participation in the index is the result of an effort initiated last spring by Safe Zone, an organization of faculty, staff and students seeking to encourage a safe environment that is welcoming to all SIUE community members.

"We have made serious strides toward creating a safer, more welcoming campus for the LGBT community," said Vicky Dean, Safe Zone co-chair and assistant director of housing at SIUE. "We have room for significant improvement in recruitment and retention, counseling and health, and support in institutional commitment.

"The Safe Zone Committee is now working on a strategic plan to increase our score, which will be completed by the end of the spring semester. We will update and submit our responses to the Campus Climate Index for re-evaluation in May. "

The rating criteria included an evaluation of LGBT policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, housing and residence life, campus safety, counseling and health, as well as recruitment and retention efforts. SIUE scored highest in housing and residence life at 4.5, followed by policy inclusion and student life which both ranked at 4.0.

Other Illinois public universities in the Campus Climate Index included University of Illinois Chicago at 5; SIUC, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois University, all at 4.5; and University of Illinois Springfield at 3.

For more information, contact Safe Zone co-chairs Dean at (618) 650-5296 or; or Dayna Henry, assistant professor of kinesiology and health education in the SIUE School of Education, at (618) 650-3857 or

Visit the SIUE Safe Zone website at

Student Nurses Association Involved in the Spirit of Giving

7 January 2013, 11:05 am

The SIUE Student Nurses Association (SNA) held its annual Angel Tree Drive during the month of December.

The student organization collected more than 80 donated gifts from nursing faculty, staff and students. These gifts were delivered to the Oasis Women's Center in Alton in time for the organization's Christmas celebration.

The Oasis Women's Center provides temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. In addition, they offer a full range of services, from emergency food to individual support and advocacy against neglect.

"One of the major objectives of SNA is to get involved in community service," said Kelsie Biagi, a junior nursing student from Centralia and the SNA president. "Since the families at the Oasis Women's Center are adopted by donors, the items they receive are not only things that they may want, but specific things that they need. A large part of the culture of nursing is to reach out and help people. SNA is honored to be a part of this project each year."

NPR Discusses Economy with SIUE's Ari Belasen

2 January 2013, 3:08 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance Ariel Belasen, from the SIUE School of Business, was featured in a Dec. 31, 2012 National Public Radio (NPR) article titled Could Post-Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Energize The Economy?

The article examines the recent superstorm that caused tens of billions of dollars in damage to the East coast areas of New York and New Jersey. Belasen talked specifically about how the economics of Florida and the Gulf Coast rebounded following major hurricanes.

For more information, or to read or listen to the piece, visit NPR.

SIUE's Pomerantz Receives Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award

2 January 2013, 2:35 pm

Dr. Andrew Pomerantz has been named the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2013 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award recipient.

The highly competitive award is given annually to a faculty member who has a proven record of combining research/scholarship and teaching. It emphasizes that SIUE is committed to the prospect that faculty members must be good scholars in order to be good teachers.

Pomerantz, a professor of psychology in the SIUE School of Education, joined the SIUE faculty in 1997. Since that time he has distinguished himself in the field of clinical psychology through 28 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters and encyclopedia entries, and 2 textbooks. In its third edition, his textbook Clinical Psychology: Science, Practice, and Culture has been used broadly by universities in the U.S. and internationally.

Winners of the Paul Simon award have demonstrated a significant contribution to their area of research or creative activity, as well as a true commitment to the integration of their research with their teaching practices.

Pomerantz receives the award in recognition of his academic accomplishments in clinical psychology, and for his contributions in the instruction of psychology students nationwide. He possesses a passionate commitment to the teaching of theoretical and practical concepts to future psychology professionals. Among his peer-reviewed journal articles, 12 include student co-authors. His presentations at national conferences include 13 student co-authors.

Pomerantz has served on more than 100 masters' theses committees; 48 of which he chaired, and 2 of which won the SIUE Outstanding Thesis Award. His former students and colleagues have expressed Pomerantz has an uncanny ability to connect to his students and inspire them to careers as scholars and practicing professionals.

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