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Professor Donates $2.4M To SIUE; Largest Single Donation Ever

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation recently received notification of the largest single bequest in the history of SIUE-a $2.4 million gift to benefit the School of Business.

The gift will be made by the estate of Homer Cox, a business professor who taught from 1967 until his retirement in December 1978. He died this past May 12 in Sun City, Ariz. He was 93.

G. Patrick Williams, vice chancellor for University Relations and CEO of the SIUE Foundation, said the Cox gift is an affirmation of the important work being done by educators at SIUE. "This gift is an important milestone in the work we've been doing in development at the University," Williams said "The generosity of donors such as Homer Cox shows a strong dedication to this University," Williams said.

The gift is for scholarships in the SIUE School of Business.

A native of Jonesboro, Tenn., Cox had been a professor of business communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for a year before coming to SIUE to teach business education. He also was an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and at Northwestern University in Chicago. Cox taught high school in Nokomis, Park Ridge, Jerseyville, and Elmhurst before turning to higher education.

He earned a degree at Illinois State University in 1936 and a master's and a doctorate in business education, both at Northwestern, in 1945 and 1955, respectively.

School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino said he was humbled by news of the gift. "Homer Cox taught at several places earlier in his career, yet he chose to give such a large gift to SIUE," Giamartino said. "I am moved by his vision to shape so many Business students' lives," he said.

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Nursing, Chemistry Professors Win SIUE Research Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Louise H. Flick, a professor of nursing, and Michael J. Shaw, an associate professor of chemistry, both at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently were awarded research professorships by the SIUE Graduate School. Flick is the third recipient of the Vaughnie J. Lindsay Research Professor Award for her work on maternal child health epidemiology, especially adolescent and prenatal exposure to psychiatric disorders and effects on fetal growth.

"It is a great opportunity," Flick said. "The existence of such opportunities shows the commitment of the SIUE community to fostering the creative contributions of faculty," she added.

Shaw was given the Hoppe Research Professor Award for his work on the investigations of the electron-transfer-induced physical and chemical properties of metal-alkaline complexes, working toward new antitumor agents. He is the eighth recipient of the award.

"The Hoppe Award will allow me to focus on my students and our research. I will make most of this exciting opportunity," Shaw said. He added that his work may have application in anticancer research.

Flick plans on completing five research studies during her tenure as a Lindsay Research Professor in hopes that these studies will contribute to knowledge development and draw students into individual research. As a Hoppe Research Professor, Shaw will examine two specific consequences of metal- alkaline bonding.

Flick and Shaw will be appointed to do research for a two-year period. They will each receive a 50-percent assignment for research each academic year, the service of graduate assistants for nine months and $1,000.

The Lindsay Award was created to honor Vaughnie J. Lindsay, who served as dean of Graduate Studies and Research at SIUE and strongly supported faculty research. The award is funded by private donations from faculty, emeritus faculty and by the SIUE Graduate School.

The Hoppe Award was established by the late Joseph W. Hoppe. He created an endowment with the SIUE Foundation to support SIUE's mission, which includes support for faculty research. The award is funded by the Hoppe Faculty Research Endowment and the SIUE Graduate School.

Professors Leah O'Brien and Edward Sewell are previous winners of the awards. They are beginning their second year of research in chemistry and mathematics respectively.

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SIUE Associate Dean To Participate in AACP Leadership Fellows Program

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Gireesh V. Gupchup, associate dean for student affairs at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, has been selected to participate in the 2006-07 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP).

The program is aimed at training leaders for future leadership roles in academic pharmacy and higher education. As one of the 25 fellows selected nationwide by the AACP committee, Gupchup will work with faculty and administrators from other pharmacy schools across the nation on issues pertaining to pharmacy education.

"I hope to bring to SIUE the skills and knowledge I gain from interacting with fellows and mentors," Gupchup said. "I hope to learn more about administration and help move the SIUE School of Pharmacy to national recognition."

Gupchup helped establish the SIUE School of Pharmacy and has been associate dean for student affairs for two years. His one-year appointment as fellow begins at end of July 2006.

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H. Cox Dies; Was Professor Of Business Education

Homer Cox, a professor who taught business education at SIUE in what was then known as the Business Division from 1967 until his retirement in December 1978, died May 12 in Sun City, Ariz. He was 93.

A native of Jonesboro, Tenn., Cox had been a professor of business communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for a year before coming to SIUE. He also was an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and at Northwestern University in Chicago. Cox taught high school in Nokomis, Park Ridge, Jerseyville, and Elmhurst before turning to higher education.

He earned a degree at Illinois State University in 1936 and a master's and a doctorate in business education, both at Northwestern, in 1945 and 1955, respectively.

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M. Davis Dies; Was Coordinator For Campus Recreation

Michael Davis, formerly an events coordinator in the Office of Campus Recreation, died Sunday, July 16, at his residence in St. Louis, after a long illness. He was 47.

A native of Chicago, Davis went on to graduate from SIUE in 1987 with a bachelor of science in business. He joined the staff at the Vadalabene Center two years later as an audio-visual/special events technician and then moved to Campus Recreation in 1990 as a coordinator. He went on disability in 2000 because of his health.

Family members said Michael was not only devoted to his family but also was a committed basketball coach and mentor to many. They added that he showed "unselfish allegiance" to those he instructed in the game.

Visitation is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the White House Chapel, 10192 Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Catholic Church, 1118 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. (The "Rock" Church is about a mile north of I-64/40 and 2.5 miles south of I-70, at the corner of Cook and Grand).

Memorials may be made to the Lymphoma Research Society, 111 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10006.

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Employee of the Month

Congratulations: Deborah Webb, administrative secretary for the Office of the Associate Dean in the School of Dental Medicine, is recipient of the July Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Webb is shown with her supervisor, Dr. Bruce Rotter, associate dean, who nominated Webb for the award, and Dr. Ann Boyle, dean of the School. In addition to the plaque she received, Webb was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to her office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

Click here for photo of Employee of the Month

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Instructor Honored By Alumni As Great Teacher For 2006

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) For Robert Phillips, receiving the 2006 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association Great Teacher Award is an honor and a testament to what his experience means to his students.

"It's very exciting," said Phillips, who is an instructor of Economics and Finance in the School of Business. "It's a great honor. I was rather overwhelmed that I received it, but I'm humbled and profoundly grateful to the Alumni Association and my supporters."

He will accept the award during the Aug. 5 summer term commencement ceremony in SIUE's Vadalabene Center. SIUE alumni nominate candidates for the award by mail or through the association's Web site and then the association's awards committee chooses from among the nominations.

Phillips, who joined the University faculty in 1997, says he always has been attracted to teaching and the world of ideas. Managerial and research positions for numerous high-profile companies, including IBM Corp. and Mars Inc., and his own private firm, have given him the experience necessary to help his students in many different ways.

"I think my industrial experience has made teaching a lot easier," Phillips said. "When you're a former practitioner of the skills taught in the classroom, you are able to bring a different perspective to the lessons. I think that's helped me better understand the needs of the students and establish a rapport with them."

Phillips grew up in Belleville, but he now resides in O'Fallon with his wife,

Sheila, who also is a teacher for St. Louis public Schools. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and a master's in Business Administration at the University of Illinois. While at the U of I, Phillips taught statistics as a graduate assistant.

He is honored by the award, which comes from the alma mater of his late brother, Richard. "I knew about the school and its good reputation," Phillips said, noting it was his brother's death that brought him back to the Metro-East area and to SIUE.

Phillips' students heralded his commitment to education, his degree of knowledge and his genuine nature, leading to his nomination and receipt of the prestigious award.

Click here for photo of Robert Phillips, honored by alumni with the 2006 Great Teacher Award.

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East Alton Attorney To Receive SIUE Distinguished Alum Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) John Simmons, founder of what later became the SimmonsCooper Law Firm in East Alton, is the 2006 recipient of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. He will receive the award at Commencement ceremonies Aug. 5 in SIUE's Vadalabene Center.

The Distinguished Alumni Aard, which has been given by the association each year since 1974, honors SIUE graduates who have achieved distinction in a chosen field and who also have served the university.

Born and reared in Southern Illinois, Simmons entered the U.S. Army after high school. After an honorable discharge in 1988, he attended SIUE, where he was elected Student Body president and earned a position in the Dean's College. Simmons graduated in 1991 with a bachelor of science in Political Science.

From SIUE Simmons entered Southern Methodist University School of Law, earning a juris doctor in 1994. He practiced law for two years in Atlanta, Ga., and in 1996 returned home to establish his own firm. A year later he was invited to join a local firm where he was soon appointed head of major litigation.

In 1999, Simmons again established his own firm, which began with two attorneys and six staff. The firm, now known as SimmonsCooper LLC, boasts 55 attorneys and 315 staff members, with offices locally and in Chicago, Archer City, Texas, and New York City.

Simmons and his wife, Jayne, reside with four children in Alton. Simmons is active in his church, is a member of East Alton Rotary, serves on the SIUE Alumni Association board and on the SIU Board of Trustees.

Click here for photo of John Simmons, 2006 SIUE Distinguished Alumn Award recipient.

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Foundation Raises $23.2M Since FY01; More Than In Its First 23 Years

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) G. Patrick Williams, CEO of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation, announced today that the Foundation raised $23.2 million for scholarships, research, student awards, athletics, and funds to support academic units between Fiscal Year 2001 and the present. That's $2.28 million more than was raised in the Foundation's first 23 years (1977-2000).

In its first 23 years of existence, the Foundation raised $20,909,531. According to figures released recently, the Foundation raised $23,189,486 since FY01-an increase of $2,279,955.

Williams also said that the Foundation recorded its fifth consecutive record year of fundraising, with a little more than $6 million raised in FY06 as compared with more than $4.6 million raised the previous fiscal year. "The generosity of the University community as well as a like-minded community of supporters in the region are in large part the reason for our success," Williams pointed out.

"Our donors are a dedicated and heartfelt community of philanthropists who support this great University."

At the time he arrived in February 2000, Williams brought some 22 years of experience in development to the SIUE Foundation. "I began working in the non-profit world right out of college, and I have been fortunate that my career has flourished during a time of great strides in the development field," he said.

Development has become very specialized in the past 20 years and Williams has used that to advantage in restructuring the SIUE Foundation. "We have introduced seasoned professionals, who are experts in various areas in development and in marketing and communications, and who are working together as a team. These team members are sincere and have a strong desire to create partnerships and relationships with current and potential donors.

"The SIUE Foundation is a service component in support of the University," Williams said. "In the restructuring, I sought members of my team who understand that service modality."

Since FY01 the SIUE Foundation has made great strides in increasing to record levels its endowment value, total assets, annual contributions and overall annual income. The SIUE endowment has grown from $3,958,329 in FY96 to more than $11 million at the end of FY06.

Williams also praised the Foundation board of directors. "We have a dedicated group of volunteers comprised of corporate, community, and industry leaders and experts," Williams pointed out. "They have the needed experience to guide the Foundation as they discuss issues, set policy and review investments as well as work with SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.

"I remember the first time I addressed the Foundation board," Williams said. "I told them that my staff would be guided by a philosophy of service, and that such a philosophy would be marked by civility and respect for the individual person we work for and with. I said that our service and professional conduct would adhere to the highest moral, ethical and professional standards. I also told the board that we would achieve success on behalf of our students, faculty, staff and donors we serve.

"I believe so far we've succeeded in those goals."

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SIUE To Conduct String Camp July 18-21

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Young string players ages 4-14 are invited to gather for four days of music making Tuesday-Friday, July 18-21. The event will be held in Dunham Hall at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and will involve Suzuki teachers, parents, observers, and students who play violin, viola, and cello. In the past, an average of 60 students from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Tennessee have attended.

Classes are held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day of the camp. Each student will have a small technique class, a larger Suzuki repertory class, and a music reading class. The reading class levels are: music and movement, beginning music reading, elementary orchestra, and chamber music. Students will perform solos for one another during the Friday technique classes.

Camp faculty will include teachers from the SIUE Suzuki Program, as well as teachers from the Webster University Community Music School in St. Louis and local private string teachers. A guest soloist will perform for the campers during lunch.

The camp closes with a Gala Concert at 2 p.m. that Friday. Each of the classes, the orchestra, and chamber groups will perform for parents and friends in Dunham Hall.

Cost for the camp is $130; students are responsible for lunches. Children younger than 5th grade must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. For an additional charge, students may choose to participate in additional activities: individual lessons taught by the camp faculty and a special Art Exploration Class at 2 p.m. each day.

Co-directors of the camp are Vicki Lottes and Corinne Erb. For registration information, call the String Development office, (618) 650-2839, or visit the Web site:

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Summer Showbiz 2006 Continues With State Fair July 13

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Summer just began but families across the country are awaiting the state fair season. However, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is planning an early version of the perennial event with a production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, State Fair, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, in the theater in SIUE's Dunham Hall.

It's part of SIUE's Summer ShowBiz, which for some 25 years has featured blockbuster Broadway hit musicals for summer entertainment, and this year is no exception. The annual series is sponsored by the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance.

State Fair continues at the same curtain time through Saturday, July 15, and then at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16. It also runs at 7:30 Thursday-Saturday, July 20-22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23. All shows are staged in Dunham Hall.

State Fair began as a novel by Iowa-born author, Phil Stong, in 1932. A year later, it became a film starring Will Rogers and Janet Gaynor. Rodgers and Hammerstein were approached to score a 1945 musical film version of State Fair with Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain in lead roles. Some 15 years later, the film remake of the movie musical starred Pat Boone and Ann-Margret, but in a Texas locale.

In 1996, director James Hammerstein (Oscar's son) decided to resurrect the work as a Broadway musical, adding songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Library. The musical starred John Davidson, Kathryn Crosby, and Andrea McArdle. The upcoming Summer ShowBiz production of State Fair is based on this stage musical, which won two Tony nominations and the New York People's Choice Award for Best Musical and Best Score.

State Fair chronicles the Frake family as they attend the Iowa State Fair-Abel, the paterfamillia, has entered his prize boar, Blue Boy, and his wife, Melissa, has pinned her hopes on her mincemeat recipe, while brother and sister, Wayne and Margy, are trying to find new adventures. The SIUE production has lively dance numbers, such as It's a Grand Night for Singing and I-o-way, as well as sweet ballads, including the R&H staple, It Might as Well Be Spring.

Tickets are $15; students, senior citizens, $12, and are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

Click here for a photo of some State Fair cast members: Abel Frake, portrayed by Mark Bacus of East Alton, is reluctant to taste his wife's mincemeat concoction because he added an exciting ingredient that he felt would help her win the big competition at the upcoming Iowa State Fair. His wife, Melissa, played by Kathy Piercey of Collinsville, doesn't believe in adding "spirits" to her cooking. Looking on are the children, Margy, played by Emily Reutebuch of Granite City, and Wayne, portrayed by Philip Leveling of Glen Carbon. It's all part of the fun in the upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit, State Fair. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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