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July 29, 2005

SIUE Volunteer Fair Seeks Agency Participation

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking agency participation for its Annual Volunteer Fair scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Goshen Lounge area of the Morris University Center. Each interested agency must register and pay a $10 fee by Friday, Sept. 2.

The fair promotes area volunteer opportunities to the students, faculty, staff, and the community. The $10 fee includes one all-day parking permit and one six-foot table with two chairs.

The Volunteer Fair is sponsored by SIUE's Student Leadership Development Program and Volunteer Services. For more information or to obtain a registration packet, contact Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt by telephone: (618) 650-2686, or by e-mail:

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July 21, 2005

SIUE International Trade Center To Co-Sponsor Seminar August 17

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Ric Frantz, CEO of LR International Inc. in Chicago, will conduct a seminar, International Payment Methods and Letters of Credit, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, in the Willow Room of the Morris University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The SIUE International Trade Center (ITC) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development, are co-sponsoring the seminar that will focus on actual case studies. Frantz will present a practical perspective on the export market that will be of interest to companies just entering international business and to those already involved in overseas markets.

Frantz also will focus on various topics, especially how to alleviate risks, how to become more competitive, and how to improve credit methods. The seminar also will help entrepreneurs understand methods of payment in international trade, letters of credit transactions, and ICC rules for international collections, among others.

Registration is $75 in advance ($85 at the door), which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and seminar materials. For more information, call the ITC, (618) 650-2452.

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July 20, 2005


Appearance By The Vice Counsel Of The Mexican Consulate News Conference About el consulado mòvil

Who: Vice Counsel Elsa Villa, of the Mexican Consulate's Indianapolis Office
What: Presentation about the Mexican Consulate's role in community throughout the United States
When: 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23
Where: Holy Rosary School, 2727 N. 43rd St., Fairmont City, IL 62201

Villa and an entourage of 20 Consulate agents are visiting the area for that weekend to conduct a Consulado Mòvil at Holy Rosary. The Consulado Mòvil (mobile consulate) travels throughout the United States to help record the Mexican population in this country and provide those from Mexico with matriculas, or identification papers. Passports also may be issued at the Consulado Mòvil.

U.S. Bank, sponsor of the event, recently sponsored similar events in Dayton, Ohio, and Madison, Wis., and has another planned in late July at Appleton, Wis.

That evening, SIUE is sponsoring a reception and dinner for the consulate staff. For more information, contact Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt by telephone, (618) 650-2686, or, by e-mail:, Paul Coleman, of U.S. Bank, (618) 233-3453, or Violeta Garza, (618) 650-7050, or e-mail:

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July 12, 2005

SIUE To Co-host Reception For Mexican Consulate

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, as a member of the Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois and as a co-sponsor with U.S. Bank, will host a reception and dinner for the visiting Mexican Consulate, Felipe Soria, on Saturday, July 23, in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom.

Señor Soria and an entourage of 20 Consulate agents are visiting the area for that weekend to conduct a Consulado Mòvil at Holy Rosary School, 2727 N. 43rd St., Fairmont City. The Consulado Mòvil (mobile consulate) travels throughout the United States to help record the Mexican population in this country and provide those from Mexico with matriculas, or identification papers. Passports also may be issued at the Consulado Mòvil.

U.S. Bank recently sponsored similar events in Dayton, Ohio, and Madison, Wis., and have another planned in late July at Appleton, Wis.

Violeta Garza, president of the Latino Roundtable, said some 1,000 people are expected to be processed during the Fairmont City event at Holy Rosary School. "We have invited several social service agencies to attend the event so that we can provide needed information to the families who traditionally are difficult to reach," Garza said.

"We are very pleased with the support from the University in our work to help members of the Hispanic community in the region." The Latino Roundtable is made up of representatives of social service agencies from throughout the area.

For more information, contact Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt by telephone, (618) 650-2686, or, by e-mail:, Paul Coleman, of U.S. Bank, (618) 233-3453, or Violeta Garza, (618) 650-7050, or e-mail:

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July 12, 2005

Schnuck Markets Makes Donation To SIUE School Of Pharmacy

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Schnuck Markets Inc., with more than 60 in-store pharmacies in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, has contributed $25,000 to the new Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, scheduled to begin classes Aug. 15.

According to SIUE Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon, the University will honor the company by naming the School's main conference room in University Park as The Schnuck's Conference Room. "We are very happy with the Schnuck Family's decision to expand our partnership through their philanthropic support," Medon said.

"The conference room in our main administrative offices will be used for meetings with a great variety of internal administrative and academic personnel, as well as meetings with external visitors representing many different constituencies, including those from the pharmaceutical industry, allied health sciences, education, and the business community," he said.

"With its high-tech audio-visual equipment, the Schnuck's Conference Room will present a very professional image."

Medon said Schnuck Markets also will be added to the Founders Plaque displayed in the School offices, recognizing donors who are providing significant financial support.

William Maurer, development director for the School of Pharmacy, said Schnuck's has been a supporter of the School from its inception. "Ever since our first meeting with Curtis Hartin, director of pharmacy for the St. Louis-based grocery chain, and Robert Mueller, a pharmacy supervisor, our relationship with Schnuck's has been very positive," Maurer said. He pointed out that Mueller became a member of the School's advisory board.

"Dean Medon, myself, and others from the School's administrative team are enjoying a wonderful working relationship with Schnuck's and we look forward to their continued participation and support as we work together toward providing the best possible education and experience for our students," Maurer said.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy has recently accepted 83 students into its first class for 2005-06; by 2008, the School is expected to be at capacity with 300 students.

Offering a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy, the SIUE School of Pharmacy values excellence in teaching, pharmacy practice, research/scholarship and service. The program of study is based on current knowledge and technology from pharmacy and other disciplines, and is delivered through a variety of innovative teaching strategies.

The School will collaborate with rural and urban health care institutions to meet the health care needs of Central and Southern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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July 9, 2005

Assistant To The SIUE Dean Of Engineering Wins Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Ronald D. Banks, a native of the west side of Chicago and now assistant to the dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering, recently was honored by Introspect Youth Services Inc. with its 2005 Access Award.

The award is given each year to those who have worked with Introspect to ensure underserved students have better access to higher education. Recipients were honored at an awards banquet in Hillside.

Banks earned a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering Technology and a master of science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, both at SIU Carbondale. He also is a member of various boards from the local to the national levels.

For 17 years, Banks has been involved in the development of young students, specifically African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and women in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For many years he has headed the Midwest Engineering and Science (MESA) Program at SIUE, helping disadvantaged junior high and high school students become more interested in science and engineering as a career.

As an administrator and faculty member at SIUE, Banks has generated more than $860,000 in grants and corporate gifts to successfully implement many academic initiatives.

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July 8, 2005

Edwardsville Resident Named SIUE Public Affairs Director

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Gregory J. Conroy, who has served this past year as acting director of Public Affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently was named director of that office, according to Barbara O'Malley, executive director of Marketing and Communications at SIUE.

A native of St. Louis, Conroy was a reporter and bureau chief for the old St. Louis Globe-Democrat before joining the SIUE staff in 1988 as a public information specialist for what was then known as University News Services. The unit changed to Public Affairs in 1998 when Conroy was named assistant director.

As spokesman for the University, Conroy is responsible for media relations and gathering information about SIUE's activities and accomplishments, while supporting SIUE's integrated marketing goals, for dissemination to targeted media outlets-locally, regionally, and nationally.

Conroy began his journalism career in 1972 as a news anchor for KWMU-FM Radio at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He switched to print journalism as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and then for the Bloomington Daily Pantagraph. In 1984, Conroy joined the Globe-Democrat staff and left in 1986 when the newspaper folded.

An avid theater-goer and an amateur actor and director, Conroy is president of the SIUE Friends of Theater and Dance, a support organization that provides funds for theater and dance scholarships. He also is treasurer for the Friends of the SIUE Religious Center, a group dedicated to preserving the Religious Center as an architectural treasure and to supporting the student programming at the center.

Conroy and his wife, Valerie Goldston, a member of the SIUE theater and dance faculty, reside in Edwardsville.

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July 8, 2005

SIUE School Of Education Announces Third Class Of 'Dean's Dozen'

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Elliott Lessen, dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, has announced the third class of "Dean's Dozen" members.

The Dean's Dozen, a select group of 12 SIUE undergraduate students representing the five departments in the School of Education, will serve as student representatives on behalf of the School.

Their on-going responsibilities will include: assisting with recruitment and retention of students and faculty; representing the School at various campus functions; providing peer mentoring; and serving as ambassadors of goodwill for the School.

Members of this year's Dean's Dozen class are: Emily Bordewick, of Quincy; Kim Broihier, of Edwardsville; Joshua Fark, of Sandoval; Holly Froelich, of Edwardsville; Rachel Gamble, of Springfield; Alex Herrell, of Centralia; Chelsea "Caeli" Kilhoffer, of Millstadt; Patrick Lopez, of Edwardsville; Jane Lucco, of Highland; Ashley Luken, of Edwardsville; Kyleen Muehlenbein, of McLeansboro; and Laura Owca, of Granite City.

The Dean's Dozen was chosen from more than 40 applicants by a selection committee comprised of the undergraduate program directors from each department within the School of Education. Associate Dean Lela DeToye said, "the entire selection process was difficult as all of the applicants showed genuine interest and a variety of strengths."

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July 8, 2005

Writers Club Members To Appear At Drumvoices Premiere In California

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Four members of the East St. Louis-based Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club-Sheryl Johnson, Charlois Lumpkin, Darlene Roy, and Club namesake Eugene B. Redmond, a professor of English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-will participate in a West Coast premiere of Drumvoices Revue (No. 13) on Saturday, July 16 at Carol's Book Store in Sacramento, Calif.

Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal, is published by the SIUE English department and the EBR Writers Club. While all four of the club's members have poems in the current issue of the journal, Redmond and Roy also are founding editor and associate editor, respectively.

No. 13 honors Amiri Baraka, celebrated playwright and author who founded the Black Arts Movement during the 1960s, and Sonia Sanchez, 2001 recipient of the Robert Frost medal in poetry. The issue also includes poetry, fiction, and essays by 41 Northern Californian authors, including Leticia Del Toro, Hortense Simmons, Dennis Schmitz, Odessa Bethea, Otis Scott, and Danny Romero.

This latest Drumvoices edition also features poems by Alvin Aubert of Detroit, Henry Dumas (1934-68), Jakarta-born Chinese-American poet Li-Young Lee of Chicago, Reginald Lockett of Oakland, and Joseph McNair of Miami, who also contributed an essay about Baraka. The edition also includes "kwansabas" and essays honoring Baraka from around the globe. A kwansaba is a poetic form consisting of 49 words distributed over seven lines, invented in 1995 by the EBR Writers Club.

The Club was founded in 1986 and named after Redmond, who is poet laureate of East St. Louis. Trustees of the group, some of whom also serve on the editorial board of Drumvoices, include Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Barbara Ann Teer, and Lena Weathers. Past trustees have included the late Gwendolyn Brooks, Raymond R. Patterson, and Margaret Walker Alexander.

To order a copy of Drumvoices, send a check or money order for $10 to Editor: DR, English Dept., SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431. For more information, call: 618 650-3991.

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July 1, 2005

SIUE Gives Teens Hands-on Nursing Experience

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Reading essential vital signs, recognizing breath and heart sounds, and practicing basic sterilization techniques were a few of the activities that some Springfield high school students experienced recently at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The SIUE School of Nursing was host to Springfield Memorial Medical Center's Teens Experiencing Nursing (TEN) Summer Camp this past Tuesday.

Twenty high school students spent the day with SIUE School of Nursing faculty and students, a day that included hands-on clinical activities, a guided tour of the SIUE campus, and a presentation by School of Nursing staff. "Our goal is to reinforce to students the importance of high school coursework in preparation for a nursing career," said Stephen Held, director of Admissions for the School. "We also talk to them about the current nursing shortage and help them understand how that impacts Central and Southern Illinois,"

The Illinois Hospital Association estimates that the demand for nurses will exceed the supply by 20 percent by the year 2020 unless more students enroll in nursing school. "SIUE is the only public university south of Illinois State University which offers an undergraduate (baccalaureate) degree program in nursing," Held said. "Our objective (for the camp was) to increase our presence and student enrollment in the Central Illinois region."

"The TEN Summer Camp is an opportunity to expose students to the nursing profession and hopefully create interest in nursing as a career choice," said Yvonne Pellerin, RN, Cardiology Nurse manager at Springfield Memorial Medical Center and camp chaperone. "This camp gives students clinical experience in multiple hospital units, as well as exposure to the SIUE School of Nursing and a nursing education."

High school student Jason Beatty said the TEN Summer Camp provided him with valuable insight. "I enrolled in the TEN Summer Camp program to get a hands-on look at nursing," said high school student Jason Beatty.

"I'm learning that nursing requires a lot of work, but can also have a lot of very good outcomes. I have also learned that there is a demand for male nurses which continues to increase."

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