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July 3, 2003

M. Maurer Named New Dean Of SIUE School Of Nursing

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Marcia C. Maurer RN, MS, PhD, of Chicago, has been named dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, effective Aug. 1, according to SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs.

For the past nine years, Maurer has been associate dean in Nursing and director of Graduate Programs at Loyola University in Chicago, and has more than 20 years experience in higher education. She has been a member of the faculty of Maternal Child Health Nursing at Loyola since 1983.

She taught at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center approximately 12 years, and while there, established the first Master of Science offered in High Risk Perinatal in the state, as well as conducted summer workshops for RNs on the Care of the High Risk Neonate.

Maurer also held positions as staff nurse and eventually head nurse in pediatrics before beginning her teaching career, which included a year at Cook County Hospital School of Nursing. In addition, she was only one of three nurses on the state regionalization committee for Perinatal Medicine and Nursing. Maurer also enjoyed national recognition as a Perinatal nurse specialist frequently sought for consultation and presentations nationally.

She also has made numerous presentations in the area of Perinatal Nursing and higher education and has published widely on perinatal nursing topics.

Maurer earned a bachelor of science in Nursing in 1967 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master of science in Nursing in 1970 from the University of Colorado in Denver, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Loyola in 1993.

She is a member of the American Nurses' Association, the Illinois Nurses' Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and previously was a member of the March of Dimes Chicago Chapter board and a member of the Kathy Klauseger Memorial Scholarship Committee. In addition, she held several leadership positions during her 20-year tenure at Loyola.

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July 16, 2003

SIUE School of Business Student Receives Messing Scholarship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Sarah Shantell Peebles of Florissant, Mo., a sophomore studying business administration and entrepreneurship at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been awarded the Messing Charitable Foundation Scholarship.

Pursuing a bachelor of science in the SIUE School of Business, Peebles is active in the university's Student Leadership Development Program and Joint Neighborhood Ministry. She also is a recent recipient of SIUE's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Humanitarian Award. While at Florissant (Mo.) High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society and named to Who's Who Among American High School Students.

"I chose to attend SIUE because I needed to stay somewhat close to my support system in St. Louis," said Peebles, referring to former teachers and a late relative. "Without their support, I don't know how I could have made it."

Peebles is currently in Durban, South Africa, for the summer as part of an overseas study program through SIUE. "Receiving the Messing Scholarship was truly a blessing from God," Peebles stated. "The scholarship has helped me pay my student loans and made it possible to attend this study- abroad trip, with a little living money. God was truly in the plan. He is always on time; I can't complain."

The Messing Scholarship Fund was created to honor commitment to business and education, as well as to encourage underrepresented populations to pursue a degree in higher education. Through the generous contributions of the Messing Charitable Foundation, the SIUE scholarship is granted each year to a business major who ranked in the upper 25 percent of his or her high school graduating class and who has made a contribution through community service or activities in high school.

A qualified full-time student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better, as well as a similar GPA in business courses. The Messing Scholarship provides tuition and fees, books and supplies, and campus room and board for two semesters in a single academic year. This one-year scholarship may be renewed annually for up to 4 years.

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July 21, 2003

SIUE Professor Receives $5,000 Cancer Research Grant From The FOE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) Steven McCommas, associate professor of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently received a $5,000 award from the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) for his research into the possible influence of colon bacteria on colorectal cancer risk.

The grant was awarded to McCommas at the organization's annual state convention by FOE Auxiliary State President Elaine Jagla. The FOE is a 104-year-old institution, which raises funds for medical research.

In addition to cancer research, FOE grants are given for research in kidney and heart disease, as well as for spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. The FOE also raises funds for child abuse prevention and for crippled children, as well as for its Golden Eagle program, providing meals on wheels and also large print book donations to libraries.

For more information concerning the Fraternal Order of Eagles contact your local chapter or visit them on line at

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July 21, 2003

Donor Advised Fund Introduced By SIUE Foundation

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation has created the Donor Advised Fund Program to help donors find "creative solutions" to financial plans, tax planning, and charitable goals.

Harold Melser, director of Planned Giving for the SIUE Foundation, said the program helps donors by creating a partnership with them that works in their favor and also benefits the university. "We activated the program in May and we've already had interest," Melser said. "The Donor Advised Fund is another creative way to further partnerships with friends of the university."

Melser explained the program allows a donor to make a gift to the Foundation to create a dedicated fund in the donor's name. "When the donor transfers cash, securities or property to create their donor advised fund," he said, "they may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the current year.

"Anytime after the fund is initiated, the donor may suggest grants to be made from the donor advised fund to SIUE schools and/or programs, or to other non-profit programs," he said. The donor also may add to the fund with a minimum transfer of $1,000.

To date, $120,000 has been received to create donor advised funds. "These donors realized the importance of helping the university, but they also like the program because of the control they have over how their money is used," Melser said. For more information about the Donor Advised Fund Program, contact Harold Melser, (618) 650-3331, or, by e-mail:

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July 21, 2003

SIUE Math Faculty Member Named 2003 Hoppe Research Professor

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) John Bryden, assistant professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is the fifth recipient of the Hoppe Research Professor Award. He was chosen for his research about the application of methods within the subject of stable homotopy theory-a subspecialty of algebraic topology.

The award recognizes and supports individual agendas of research or creative activities. This program is funded by the Hoppe Faculty Research Endowment; the SIUE Graduate School; the SIUE schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Nursing; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

The Hoppe Award recognizes faculty members on continuing full-time appointments, whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study. Recipients are expected to produce published scholarly works and to submit externally-sponsored grants.

This award is partially made possible through an endowment established by the late Joseph W. Hoppe, who was originally from Carlinville. He created this endowment with the SIUE Foundation because he believed in the university's mission, including the value of faculty research.

Bryden said his work is part of a quantum field theory, which has not been successfully developed as yet. During the past 15 years, the search for a quantum field theory, which would lead to new advances in almost every branch of modern science, has taken a radical new turn into the mathematical study of topology. "To envision what modern topologists study, think of a rubber sheet, which represents a simple two dimensional topological space," Bryden explained.

"Suppose a number of individuals were to deform this sheet in any way they choose. What interests topologists are the properties of the space that remain invariant under this deformation. It turns out that many important properties of physical systems can be described by considering such invariant quantities."

Bryden is working with a distinguished mathematician, Vladimir Turaev, research director of the Institute for Advances in Mathematical Research of the National Center for Scientific Research in Strasbourg, France. They are collaborating to develop a theory which supersedes the present day subject of topological quantum field theory developed primarily by Turaev over the past 15 years.

Successful completion of Bryden's Hoppe research would lay a solid foundation for a long-term research project that could receive external funding and contribute substantially to the development of quantum field theory. "This award will give me the opportunity and the time to concentrate on my research at a level that has not been possible in recent years," Bryden said. "I thank the committee members and the university for giving me this fantastic opportunity."

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July 24, 2003

SBC Executive, SIUE Professor To Receive Alumni Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate who is now an executive with SBC (formerly Southwestern Bell Corp.), and another SIUE graduate who is now a special education professor at the university, will both be honored at Summer Commencement on Aug. 9 in SIUE's Vadalabene Center.

Lendell Phelps, vice president of Global Accounts for SBC, will receive the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Debra Reichert Hoge, professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders, will receive the 2003 Great Teacher Award. Both awards are sponsored by the SIUE Alumni Association.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, established in 1974, is given annually by the SIUE Alumni Association to honor SIUE graduates who have achieved distinction in a chosen field and who also have served the university. The Great Teacher is chosen annually through a vote of alumni.

Phelps, a 1971 Mass Communications graduate of SIUE, will give the commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. More than 560 students are expected to graduate that day.

A former member of the SIUE Alumni Association Board and its president in 1978, Phelps began his career in radio marketing, including a stint at KMOX Radio in St. Louis, and later worked in marketing for Breckenridge Hotels. He also was a national account manager for SBC. In 1983 he began an 18-year career with AT&T, where his largest account was Anheuser-Busch brewery.

He returned to SBC in 2000 to take his current position. Among his accounts are: MasterCard International, Anheuser-Busch, Nestlé Purina PetCare, and Emerson (formerly Emerson Electric). Phelps also is founder and chair of the St. Louis CIO (formerly Chief Information Officer) Board. Phelps also is a member of the SIUE Foundation board.

A native and life-long resident of St. Louis, Hoge earned a master of science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1976 and a doctorate in Instructional Process in 1985, both at SIUE. Joining the SIUE faculty in 1980, Hoge has taught classes in speech-language pathology and early childhood special education, in addition to supervising clinical practicum students in the SIUE Speech-Language-Hearing clinic and various off-campus sites.

Infants, toddlers, and young children with special needs and their families are of particular interest to Hoge, who has published and presented across the country about her area of expertise. Other areas of special interest include syndromes and augmentative communication.

Active learning, case method instruction and interdisciplinary teaming are all techniques that Hoge utilizes. She truly believes adult learners are unique in their learning styles, and strives to individualize for each and every student. Some of her former students will agree. "Dr. Hoge shared the most practical knowledge in a fun and interactive manner," said one respondent. Other comments from alumni included: "She actually made learning exciting" and "She goes beyond the classroom to help students achieve success."

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July 25, 2003

Walk, Run, Roll

The Weyerhaeuser Company matched "dollars for volunteers" for the SIUE Walk, Run, Roll Race conducted in downtown Edwardsville in spring by SIUE's Office of Disability Support Services (DSS). On hand to award the $1,000 check recently to DSS Director Jane Floyd-Hendey was Ron Wise, general manager of Weyerhaeuser. Shown with Wise and Floyd-Hendey (center) are Weyerhaeuser employees and Wellness Team members: Annette Cima, Mari McDaniel, Bill Jenkins, John Santoro, Gary Stevenson, and Kathy Eames. In North America, Weyerhaeuser is among the largest producers of structural panels and distributors of wood products. (SIUE Photo)

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Arts & Issues Series Presents A Season Of 'Exploration'

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) SIUE's Arts & Issues series will offer a season of "exploration" for audiences-to musical frontiers, through the written word as well as the beauty and excitement of creative movement, and through some of the greatest adventures and discoveries undertaken by humanity.

And, there's a bonus event-a special leap year performance by the world-renowned Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Audiences will be "accompanied" on their exploration by some of the most exciting "guides" of the 20th and 21st centuries-innovative pianist George Winston, San Jose Taiko with the spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko drum, underwater explorer Robert Ballard, the acclaimed musicians of The Aspen Ensemble, the "rockin' gospel celebration" of the Blind Boys of Alabama, the exciting Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, the explosive and creative movement of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman Mailer.

"This year's line-up of exciting entertainment and discovery will give Arts & Issues audiences a season they won't soon forget," says John Peecher, assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the annual series.

"For more than 18 years the Arts & Issues series has become synonymous with quality and richness to Southwestern Illinois audiences. I am proud to say we are continuing that tradition."

Information is available through the Arts & Issues Web site: and in a printed brochure available by contacting John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or, by e-mail: Subscription tickets are $121.50 for all nine events; $60.75 for students, and are available through the Web site or through John Peecher at the above phone number or e-mail.

Subscription and individual tickets also are available at the Morris Center Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.

All performances and presentations are at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and are scheduled in either Meridian Ballroom, or in the theater at Katherine Dunham Hall.

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