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July 18, 2002

KSDK-TV's Jankowski To Speak At Aug. 3 Summer Commencement

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 560 students are expected to graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during summer commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in SIUE's Vadalabene Center.

Steve Jankowski, "night beat" reporter for KSDK-TV (Ch. 5) in St. Louis, will receive SIUE's Distinguished Alumnus Award at the ceremony, and will present the commencement address. Sue Thomas, an associate professor of Psychology, will receive the Great Teacher Award. Both awards are sponsored annually by the SIUE Alumni Association.

Jankowski's broadcasting career spans nearly 30 years, beginning with a stint as a news and sports reporter at WOKZ radio in Alton. He also served as program director for KEZK radio, a reporter at KMOV-TV, and a show host, anchor, and reporter at KMOX radio, all in St. Louis.

A 1975 graduate of SIUE in Mass Communications, Jankowski has shared his knowledge of broadcasting as an associate professor in radio broadcasting and speech at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey and as a guest lecturer in television production at SIUE.

Jankowski serves on committees and boards for the YMCA of the Ozarks, SHARE: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Organization, and the American Heart Association. He also has served as emcee for the Viennese Ball sponsored by the Friends of Music at SIUE. In his spare time, he enjoys public speaking, writing, and carpentry. Jankowski and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Alton and have two children, Benjamin and Natasha, who are both in college.

Susan Thomas' recognition for excellence in teaching began during her experience as a teaching assistant at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she completed a master's in Social Psychology. Since coming to SIUE in 1991, Thomas has received the departmental Psi Chi Outstanding Faculty Award in 1994, 1998, and 2001. In addition, Thomas received the SIUE Teaching Recognition Award in 2000.

Thomas, who earned a doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, received the American Psychological Association Instructional Research Award in 2001; she has also received four SIUE grants and awards. She earned an MBA at the University of Illinois.

Since 1993, Thomas has been a mentor for more than 300 student research posters, presentations, papers, master's theses, and other student papers. She has co-authored with students 13 research studies in refereed journals. Thomas also chairs the SIUE University Planning and Budget Council, serves on program review committees, as well as a search committee and many other university committees.

The SIUE Alumni Association nominates faculty who have been dedicated and committed to the educational process at SIUE. Thomas has been one of the truly dedicated faculty at the university, according to colleagues and alumni. As one alumnus said, "She cared and she pushed me just enough to make me excel." Another said, "She makes each student feel comfortable working with her, both in and out of the classroom."

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July 18, 2002

SIUE International Trade Center To Co-Sponsor Aug. 20 Seminar

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville International Trade Center, along with Bradley University and United Parcel Service, will sponsor a seminar Aug. 20 for companies having problems in understanding NAFTA's Certificate of Origin (CO) and Rules of Origin.

The seminar is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an 8 a.m. registration, at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at SIU Carbondale.

John Kolmer, NAFTA trade specialist for the International Trade Center/NAFTA Opportunity Center at Bradley, will conduct the seminar. Kolmer coordinates a program of counseling and training for current and future exporters to Canada and Mexico.

Some of the topics to be discussed in this seminar are:

• History and Goals of NAFTA and its impact on U.S. companies
• Harmonized Tariff Schedule Numbers and how to obtain them
• Advanced Rulings from Customs Authorities from Canada, Mexico, and the US
• Certificate Blanket Periods
• NAFTA Rules of Origin and Annex 401
• Preferential Criteria
• Regional Value Content Requirements
• Producer or Supplier Declarations
• Country of Origin Marking Rules (different from NAFTA Rules of Origin)
• Record Keeping Responsibilities
• Managing Customs Audits

Silvia Torres, director of SIUE's International Trade Center, said the seminar is helpful in keeping up with any changes in NAFTA regulations. "Even if a company's freight forwarder is filling out the CO for them, that company still is directly responsible for the information declared and the proper record-keeping requirements needed to back up their declarations," Torres explained.

"U.S. Customs has shifted the burden to the exporter of record, not a company's freight forwarder or customs broker," she said. "It is in the company's best interest to at least review the CO prior to sending their NAFTA customer a copy."

For more information about the seminar, contact the SIUE International Trade Center, (618) 650-2452, or Bradley University, (309) 677-3075. The fee for the seminar is $65, and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, parking and workshop materials.

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July 26, 2002

Two SIUE Faculty Members Receive Illinois DNR Funding

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville biology faculty members have received funding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for research involving the movement rate of fish in streams and the effects that human recreation may have on birds.

Assistant Professor Jacob Schaefer received funding for his work on "A Mark/Recapture Study to Estimate Movement and Dispersal of Non-game Stream Fish," while Assistant Professor Paul Brunkow received funding for his work on the "Effects of Human Recreation on Bird Species in a Nature Preserve."

Schaefer's project studies the movement rate of small stream fishes in order to understand how stream assemblages fit into the current theories of patch dynamics and community ecology. In addition, information on the impact of the physical environment on dispersal abilities of fishes will be useful to people concerned with management of threatened or endangered non-game stream fish.

According to the proposal, the fish will be marked with acrylic paint and then observed for three months in the study area.

Brunkow's proposal describes specific patterns of seasonal human recreational use in a state nature preserve in Central Illinois and quantifies effects of human recreation on bird species found in the preserve in terms of microhabitat use and species density.

The study will be performed in the Carpenter Park Nature Preserve near Springfield. Forest wildlife species, especially native passerine song birds inhabiting state natural areas, can experience moderate to severe effects of human intrusion on microhabitat use, foraging, mating, and movement behavior.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources supports activities for the purposes of preserving, protecting, perpetuating, and enhancing non-game wildlife in the state.

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July 26, 2002

SIUE Trade Center Seeks Businesses To Participate In Catalog Show

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The U.S. Commercial Service in Lima, Perú, and the International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are offering an innovative, low-cost method to expose American products in the emerging Peruvian marketplace.

Trade Center Director Silvia Torres said "Catalog Shows" are events showcasing products, through catalogs and/or videos, to local companies. "The Commercial Service staff advertises the event regionally in Perú through press and radio, inviting businessmen and the public from the region," Torres explained. She said more than 300 company representatives attended the last show in June 2001.

This year's show runs from Aug. 12 through Sept. 13 at the Commercial Service libraries in Lima and Trujillo, Peru, respectively. "Products to be displayed or viewed must be either manufactured in the United States or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S firm, with at least 51 percent U.S. content of the finished product," Torres said.

Since last year's show, Torres said, the Commercial Service team in Lima has been fielding many requests for new and used equipment, machinery and tools for the following sectors: transportation, metalworking, agricultural, irrigation, forestry, woodworking, textiles, printing, computers, building products, medical, energy, security, among others.

"There is a strong niche market for all remanufactured and new production equipment in Perú," Torres said. "Many enterprises there purchase reconditioned or remanufactured equipment for industries including food processing, packaging, agricultural machinery, construction, mining, printing and sanitation.

"The new Peruvian administration has promised incentives to small and medium-sized businesses, the sectors that most commonly approach the U.S. Commercial Service for purchasing assistance."

There are 10 slots available (at $200 each) for companies referred by the SIUE International Trade Center at SIUE. The regular fee is $250. The fee covers show space, a targeted promotional campaign through leading regional newspapers and business publications, Chambers of Commerce, and the Commercial Service's phone and mailing lists, as well as their Web site.

"During and after the event, extra staff is hired to assist visitors and to gather all the necessary information for the trade leads," Torres said. "After the show, each participating company will receive a detailed contact list of all Peruvian parties interested in their products for immediate follow-up."

For more information, contact the SIUE International Trade Center by telephone, (618) 650-2452, e-mail: sitorre@siue.edu, or by FAX, (618) 650-2647.

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