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July 2009

·City of Alton & Commission Honor SIU School of Dental Medicine
·SIUE Assistant Professor's Work Featured In Illinois Political Science Review
·26th Annual Katherine Dunham International Seminar Honors Dunham's Life
·Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center Paves Way For Jobs, Growth
·SIUE School Of Pharmacy Receives Full Accreditation
·Three SIUE Students Place Second In International Robotics Competition
·SIUE Anthropology Students, Faculty Excavate For Prehistoric Finds
·SIUE Assistant History Professor To Serve As Historian On Education Grant
·Board Gives Budget, Project Approval To Facility Renovation At Alton
·$78.9 Million In Capital Funding Plan For SIUE Science Building Work
·Asian Influence Felt At Lantern In The Gardens At SIUE
·SIUE Pharmacy Student Receives Poster Presentation Award
·SIUE Nursing Professors Win Regional Recognition
·SIUE To Offer ISBE Library Information Specialist Endorsement
·SIUE School of Education Will Offer Orientation Program in Centralia
·SIUE To Offer Library Information Specialist Degree & ISBE Endorsements
·Summer ShowBiz
Continues With Musical Based On Children's Classic
·SIU BOT For SIUE And University Park Seek Court Action To Resolve Spring Green Lodge Site
·University Staff Senate Recently Awarded Scholarship To Son Of Employee
·L. Miller Named Employee Of The Month For June
·NCERC Receives Grant For Training Displaced Skilled Workers


City of Alton & Commission Honor SIU School of Dental Medicine

(ALTON, Ill.) When the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton recently added an elevator to one of its buildings on campus, special attention was paid to preserving the building's historical integrity.

It was this attention to detail that caught the attention of the Alton Historical Commission, which requested that the SIU School of Dental Medicine and its dean, Ann Boyle, receive special recognition at an Alton city council meeting. The School received a certificate at of excellence at a recent council meeting.

The commission and the council honored the School for its commitment to maintaining the building's integrity, while meeting requirements for renovation projects to public structures that enhanced accessibility for individuals with disabilities, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.)

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SIUE Assistant Professor & Graduate's Work Featured In Illinois Political Science Review

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The work of Laurie Rice, assistant professor of political science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will be featured in a prestigious state publication.

Visits and Votes: The Geographic Spread of Campaign Visits' Effects in the 2008 Presidential Primaries, written by Rice and Dan Prengel, a graduate from SIUE with a bachelor's in political science, will appear in the Illinois Political Science Review.

Prengel has been accepted to a Ph.D. program at Purdue University, which he will begin this fall.

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26th Annual Katherine Dunham International Seminar Honors Dunham's Life

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 26th Annual Katherine Dunham International Seminar is taking place through Aug. 1 on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus to celebrate the life and talent of a remarkable woman.

A gala on the night of Aug. 1 and then the staging of a live performance the afternoon of Aug. 2 in the Morris University Center Median Ballroom will close the activities.

Dunham, a Chicago native, was a dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator, activist and anthropologist. She was world renowned for her talent as a dancer and developed the Dunham Technique, which is taught by certified Dunham faculty. A dance icon in the areas of African-American modern dance and the field of dance anthropology, also known as choreology, Dunham founded the Katherine Dunham Center for Performing Arts at SIUE's East St. Louis Center.

The seminar will feature a Dunham Technique conference and classes, as well as historical film and video presentations, a lecture/panel discussion on the Dunham Legacy, Dunham museum tours and more.

Seminar attendees from ages 6 and up will focus on the Haitian and Cuban influence on the Dunham Technique.

The Katherine Dunham Legacy Gala, a black-tie celebration, will take place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 in the SIUE's Meridian Ballroom in the Morris University Center. A legacy keeper's reception will begin that evening at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the gala are $50 per person or $400 to host a table. Corporate sponsorships are available for $500 for gold sponsors, $600 for diamond and $800 for platinum.

The activities will close with a live Dunham Technique Performance show from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 in the Meridian Ballroom. For more information, contact Mona Brown through SIU at (618) 453-3069, or, visit All proceeds will benefit the Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum in East St. Louis.

Because there is ongoing construction on the SIUE campus, there are maps with alternate routes available at the following locations:

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Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center Paves Way For Jobs, Growth

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) With a vision to guide her and a prestigious award matching up to $7,500 of business expenses, Donna Potter of Edwardsville introduced a unique product to the world through her company, Freedom Gates.

By receiving the Challenge Award from the Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, she was able to invest more than she otherwise could in Web site design, public relations enhancements and legal work for intellectual property.

Prior to receiving the award, she had been a client of the Entrepreneurship Center, an outreach program of SIUE's School of Business, which helped her with business plan development and start-up assistance, as well as introduced her to area resources and prepared her for competitions.

"Working with the Entrepreneurship Center gave me the confidence to move forward with my business plans and contact other people," Potter said. "When I started out, I had marketing experience, but no manufacturing experience.

"I was used to working as part of a large corporation. When you work with a large corporation, it has its living parts and it's almost as if you have a body and it is complete.

"When you work on your own, you're building that body one part at a time."

Kristine Jarden, the executive director of the Entrepreneurship Center, helped Potter identify the people who would help her create that body. Potter said she has reached out to the local and regional community and contracted services for public relations, Web site development and design, graphic design, videography, photography, customer service management, manufacturing and more.

"Kristine (Jarden) has gone over and above what I would've expected," Potter said of the service she received through the Entrepreneurship Center. "She never gave up on me and she has always been so encouraging and honest."

Potter's company is going places. In fact, it recently won The Next Big Thing competition sponsored by the Dallas Market Center. She said it was Jarden's persistence and support that prompted her to enter the contest.

"Freedom Gates represents the ideal client for the Entrepreneurship Center," Jarden said. "All of Donna's accomplishments so far have not only meant jobs and revenue for her endeavor, but also to other businesses, including manufacturers and public relations firms in our region."

A specialty business that designs and manufactures decorative dog gates, Freedom Gates is one of many clients of the Entrepreneurship Center. Thanks to assistance from the center, businesses are getting the support they need to grow and thrive.

This has allowed business owners to do many things, such as hire additional staff, or establish contracts with area consultants and other businesses to provide specialty services. In turn, this has helped to stimulate the local economy and improve the area's job outlook.

"Donna's efforts will definitely spark an increase in the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the region," Jarden said. "The Entrepreneurship Center had the privilege of helping her with business and marketing planning, linking her to valuable resources in the region and providing her with a Challenge Award to take her business to the next level."

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Center, contact Jarden at (618) 650-2166.

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SIUE School Of Pharmacy Receives Full Accreditation

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy reached an important milestone with its advancement to full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). ACPE is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy.

The latest announcement marks another significant achievement in the School's young history. The School has been called a national model for other new schools of pharmacy. "Achieving full accreditation status takes true teamwork, as it occurs when the program is found to have met all ACPE standards and graduated its first class," SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon said. "Every one of our stakeholders-students, faculty, staff, administrators and preceptors-played a role in this achievement and should be gratified and proud their outstanding work has been recognized."

In a congratulatory letter, Jeffrey W. Wadelin Ph.D., director of the ACPE's professional degree program, noted the ongoing efforts to improve and expand the program in collaboration with the University, and other partners and stakeholders. In addition to achieving full accreditation status, ACPE also renewed the School's status as a continuing pharmacy education provider. As a new school, the accreditation is for two years; subsequent accreditations are for six years.

As the only downstate Illinois pharmacy doctoral program, the SIUE School of Pharmacy is addressing the growing need for well-trained pharmacists in a career field that is experiencing rapid and dramatic growth. There are currently 320 students enrolled in the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

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Three SIUE Students Place Second In International Robotics Competition

Three Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students, two of them studying computer science in the SIUE School of Engineering, won second place as a team in the International Beyond Botball competition earlier this month at Leesburg, Va. The team-Aaron Parker of Edwardsville, a sophomore in computer science; John Marriott, also of Edwardsville, a graduate student in mathematics and statistics; and Rob Long of St. Louis, a graduate student in computer science-took second with their two robots- When and What. "It became sort of like code; we could speak about our strategies in front of our opponents and they couldn't understand us," says Professor Jerry Weinberg, chair of the department and a member of the team. "We could say: ' When could block the 'funds' and 'What' would get rid of the 'houses' and leave the 'toxic mortgages.'"

Weinberg explained that the competition included participants from high school on up, with non-students and students alike. "Our students designed the two robots and programmed them to do multiple activities," Weinberg said. "The theme was the economy, golf balls represented government funds while short green tubes with two orange balls of yarn inside represented homes held with toxic mortgages. You could win points by delivering government funds but you could also give your opponent negative points by removing the homes and leaving the toxic mortgages. "Our strategy was to deliver as many negative points as we could and we came in second with that strategy," Weinberg said.

Each robot contained a "brain," which was a small computer supplied by the competition organizers, as well as optic sensors to determine colors and estimate distances, and sonar sensors. "Time was also a factor in this competition," Weinberg said. "Each activity had to be completed in a prescribed time in order to win."

In the video at left, a voiceover by Computer Science Professor Jerry Weinberg explains what was expected of the robots during the competition and, later, Aaron Parker tells about his love for robotics. (SIUE Video)

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SIUE Anthropology Students, Faculty Excavate For Prehistoric Finds

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Students and faculty from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Anthropology recently spent time sifting through soil on the University's campus, uncovering treasures from the prehistoric Middle Woodland period.

"We found exotic chert-the stone used to make knives, spearheads and other items-and some really spectacular Hopewell and Havana-style pottery," said Julie Holt, chair of the department and an associate professor of anthropology at the University.

Hopewell and Havana-style pottery is identified as coming from prehistoric Native American communities, Holt said. Photos suitable for print from the field school on the SIUE campus with cutline information appear below:

Click here for a picture of Tiffany Arnold, an anthropology major, sifting soil to find small artifacts.

Click here for a picture (left to right) of Ashley Cisneros and Katie Martychenko, anthropology majors, screening soil for artifacts.

Click here for a picture (left to right) of Holt and Lori Belknap, a graduate assistant in the Department of Anthropology. Holt is explaining stratigraphy, or, soil changes.

Click here for a picture (left to right) of Sarah Strowmatt and Elise Valdes, anthropology majors, screening soil. In the background, students are excavating at the site.

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SIUE Assistant History Professor To Serve As Historian On Education Grant

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jason Stacy, assistant professor of history at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently was named historian for the Teaching American History Grants program.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the St. Clair County Educational Cooperative Board $986,482 for the first three years of a tentative 5-year grant. Stacy was involved in writing the proposal. He will serve as the university's liaison with the St. Clair County School District.

In his role as historian, Stacy will organize history courses for St. Clair County teachers, as well as schedule lectures by guest historians and assist with field trips to historical sites. He also will function as a historical pedagogy consultant. "I am very excited about this opportunity to help bring together our resources at SIUE and our region's teachers," Stacy said.

According to U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello's Web site, the program is designed to improve student achievement by increasing teachers' knowledge and understanding of traditional U.S. history. The Web site further explains that the St. Clair County Educational Cooperative will form partnerships with county school districts, as well as regional colleges and organizations to bring seminars, workshops and study tours to 4th-6th grade teachers.

"Teacher development is an important part of cultivating skills and avoiding burnout," said Costello, (D-Belleville.) "Moreover, resources for this purpose have been reduced in recent years, and our students ultimately benefit from investing in our teachers."

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Board Gives Budget, Project Approval To Facility Renovation At Alton

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today gave budget and project approval to a proposed testing facility at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton.

The action was taken at the Board's regular meeting held this month at the SIU School of Medicine.
The estimated cost of the project is $585,000 to be funded with a grant from the state of Illinois' Capital Development Board, donations, equipment use fees and local University operating funds. Award of construction contracts will require further Board approval.

The proposed project will renovate 3,300 square feet in the basement of the dental school's Science Building to become a testing facility. Dental school administrators said the renovation is needed for administration of paper and computer-based examinations in a secure environment.
The renovation will include removal of plumbing, existing casework, furniture, equipment removal and replacement of the floor; asbestos removal, renovation of the HVAC system, and installation of systems furniture and equipment. The project is expected to be completed by fall.

In other business today, the Board gave planning approval for several future projects at SIUE including expansion of the Art and Design Building, construction of an Intercollegiate Athletics office, construction of a multi-discipline laboratory at the School of Dental Medicine, expansion of the SIUE Engineering Building and construction of a Health Sciences Building.

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$78.9 Million In Capital Funding Plan For SIUE Science Building Work

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) After more than a decade of planning and annual presentations to the state legislature, a proposal that includes a $78.9 million package to renovate the existing Science Building and construct a new science laboratory building at SIUE was signed today by Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn. Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly passed the statewide capital funding plan last month that includes a total of $168.1 million for SIUE and SIU Carbondale.

The total statewide package, known as the Illinois Jobs Now bill is worth some $31 billion. The SIUE project will mean jobs for the area, state-of-the art laboratories and improved facilities for students, faculty and staff. "Support for the capital funding plan was bipartisan and broad-based," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "We owe a great deal of credit to our legislative leaders, local legislative delegation and Gov. Quinn. "In addition, (SIU) President (Glenn) Poshard played a most significant role in this accomplishment, serving as a state spokesperson for higher education, while strongly advocating for SIU."

Vandegrift thanked the students, faculty and staff who wrote and spoke to legislators in support of the Science Building renovations and expansion. "This accomplishment is the result of more than 10 years of work at SIUE on the Science Building project," he said. "It's a great day for SIUE." Renovations and an expansion of the existing facility will allow the University to attract and retain students, faculty and staff, as well as ease lab space issues and provide more opportunities for greater research initiatives. Vandegrift has said that lack of a new science building has been the "single most important factor limiting the future growth of SIUE."

While labs currently in use have been retrofitted for safety purposes, they have been deteriorating at a fast rate. Overcrowding in current labs has made it difficult for students to conduct graduate level research. In the past, Vandegrift has said that a renovated and expanded facility would enable the University to further enhance the quality education it provides its students.

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Asian Influence Felt At Lantern In The Gardens At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nestled quietly under the towering pines on the north edge of The Gardens at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Lantern offers an authentic Asian aesthetic to campus visitors looking for a welcome respite from the pressures of the day or the ideal location to host a special occasion. An Asian-influenced garden pergola, with its crisp aroma of fresh cedar hanging softly in the air, along with a fountain in the pond that rests just below the structure spouting and bubbling gently, creates a serene, calming retreat.

"We didn't take down any trees from our site for this project," said Doug Conley, director of The Gardens. "We talked to the designer and stressed that this was a botanical garden first and a construction site second." The structure is comprised of Forest Stewardship Council-certified western cedar and offers a multipurpose space for 80-120 people for parties, meetings and more. LED lights set up inside the structure give it a soft glow at night, which showcases the beauty of the project. The project is the result of collaboration among city leaders, SIUE Foundation donors, students and faculty. The conceptual drawing and many of the ideas generated for the structure came from the University's nationally recognized Senior Capstone project through the School of Engineering. The architectural design was provided as an in-kind donation by Jamie Henderson of Henderson Associates Architects.

Byron Farrell made the suggestion to "create a destination for the bridge;" Ralph Korte and Chuck Tosovsky provided major philanthropic support for the project. The three are senior directors on the SIUE Foundation Board.

Those who visit the Lantern can follow the regular path of The Gardens through the bright array of flowers and artwork, over the wooden bridge to a roughly 400-foot blue stone path lined by stacked, weathered sheets of limestone leading to the Lantern. The limestone has been relocated to the site from no more than 100 miles away. "This has been one of the most exciting endeavors I have ever fundraised for," said Jeff Brown, development liaison to the Gardens and the SIUE Foundation's director of planned giving. "I look forward to many years of coming out here and enjoying the natural aesthetic. SIUE's campus is already beautiful," Brown observed. "This enhances the natural landscape and provides a learning resource for our students, while serving as a community asset."

For more information, contact Doug Conley, (618) 650-3788, or visit the Web site: At left, The Gardens Director Doug Conley talks about the aesthetic of The Lantern in the Gardens. (SIUE Video)

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SIUE Pharmacy Student Receives Poster Presentation Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy student recently received the Thomas L. Lemke Poster Presentation Award for having the most outstanding poster presentation at the Malto Medicinal Chemistry annual meeting.

Lacey Gamblin of Granite City, who is expected to graduate from the School of Pharmacy student in 2011, received the prestigious award for her paper at the organization's meeting in May at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. The poster presentations are held as a way to allow students to present findings based on their research. A total of 113 faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows attended the meeting, representing schools and colleges of pharmacy throughout the Southern and Central United States.

Gamblin, an American Foundation for Pharmacy Education Gateway to Research fellow, received the award, which included a plaque and a check for $150. Her presentation, was titled "Synthesis of Thiourea Analogues as Potential Somatostatin Receptor Subtype 4 Agonists."

Michael Crider, chair of the SIUE School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, serves as Gamblin's faculty mentor.

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Personnel (all effective July 1 unless otherwise noted)

  • Niya Bond joined the University June 15 as an academic advisor in the School of Engineering.
  • Denise DeGarmo, an associate professor of political science, has been named chair of that department.
  • Robert Dixon, an associate professor of chemistry, has been named chair of that department.
  • Kathleen Fick, an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, left the University May 15 after nearly four years of service.
  • Michael Gallegher, an assistant in the Department of Theater and Dance, left the University April 20 after nearly eight years of service.
  • Christopher Gordon, an assistant professor of construction, has been named chair of that department.
  • James Hackard, an assistant professor of economics and finance, left the University May 15 to accept a position elsewhere, after nearly three years of service.
  • Gary Hicks, an associate professor of mass communications, has been named chair of that department.
  • Julie Holt, an associate professor of anthropology and chair of that department, accepted another term as chair,
  • Krzysztof Jarosz, distinguished research professor of mathematics and statistics and chair of that department, accepted another term as chair.
  • S. Anne Perry, professor of primary care/community health systems nursing, was named associate dean of the School of Nursing effective June 1.
  • William Retzlaff, associate professor of biological sciences and environmental sciences, has been named chair of biological sciences.
  • Paul Rose, assistant professor of psychology, has been named chair of that department.
  • Leroy "Bill" Searcy, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, has been named associate dean for Diversity and Faculty Development for the School of Education.
  • Jennifer Vandever, interim associate vice chancellor for Information Technology Services and chief information officer for the University, has been named permanently to that position.

  • Kathleen Bueno, professor of foreign languages and literature, effective May 31, after nearly 15 years of service.
  • John Danley, professor of philosophy and more recently interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 30, after nearly 33 years of service.
  • Gregory Stewart, professor of restorative dentistry, effective June 30, after nearly 35 years of service.
  • Donald Strickland, professor of management and marketing, effective May 31, after nearly 24 years of service.

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SIUE Nursing Professors Win Regional Recognition

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Assistant Professor Pamela Newland, a member of the Primary Care/Health Systems Nursing faculty in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, recently received the Outstanding Scholar Award from the St. Louis Veterans Administration Medical Center. The award recognizes outstanding professionals in the field of health care education who display a commitment to learning and scholarly activity along with compassion and understanding of veteran issues.

Newland earned a BSN in 1993 at the University of Southern Indiana, an MSN in 1998 at SIUE and a doctorate in 2006 at the University of Missouri, Columbia-Sinclair, in Columbia, Mo.

The criteria for nomination includes:

  • possess the ability to serve as a role model and a resource;
  • exhibit a high degree of proficiency and initiative in career patterns;
  • possess the particular skills, knowledge, or abilities sought by others;
  • show a commitment to assisting and advising others on how to achieve potential;
  • exhibit a high degree of patience and work cooperatively with others;
  • provide constructive observations to participants on career and personal issues that could impede career advancements;
  • demonstrate good listening skills; and
  • possess tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity in order to work with others who may be of a different age group, background, or culture.

Julie King, associate chief nurse for education at the St. Louis center, said Newland consistently demonstrated all of these qualities when she worked at the VA on special projects. "We jumped at the opportunity to nominate Pam for this award and we're delighted to hear that
she was chosen," King said.

Anne Perry, associate dean of the SIUE School of Nursing, said Newland puts her students and their patients first. "She creates a clinical learning environment which challenges her students to grow, thus preparing them for their future professional role," Perry said. "She expects excellence in scholarly clinical practice and works with her students to fully integrate knowledge from the social and human sciences into evidenced-based patient care. "

Associate Professor Kathy Ketchum, another member of the Primary Care/Health Systems Nursing faculty, has been selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. The fellowship is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, and to better prepare participants to accept academic leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including the role of dean or director of a nursing academic unit. The program includes a 5-day seminar in August that will address multiple executive leadership topics, numerous assessment experiences, and the opportunity to utilize an experienced mentor, all at the Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

Ketchum received a BSN from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago, in 1977; an MSN in medical surgical nursing from SIUE, in 1991; and a doctorate in nursing in 2000 from Saint Louis University. Her expertise lies in trauma patients/families, innovative medication administration technologies and emerging technologies in education.

Associate Nursing Dean Perry said the fellowship is prestigious and that she's proud of Ketchum's achievement. "Dr. Ketchum is well positioned in her academic career for this program," Perry said. "As a fellow in the AACN's Nursing's Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, Dr. Ketchum will not only have the opportunity to enhance her leadership style and skills, but will be part of a cohort of academic nurses from across the county who are preparing for leadership roles. Such programs also increase the national visibility and status of the SIUE School of Nursing," Perry said.

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SIUE School of Education Will Offer Orientation Program in Centralia

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education will hold an informational meeting for the Centralia area at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Kaskaskia College for anyone interested in pursuing a master's in curriculum and instruction. The meeting will take place in the Lifelong Learning Center, Room LC 124, 27210 College Road, Centralia. By attending the orientation, prospective students can have their questions answered, review courses that are required for program completion and learn about SIUE's administrative requirements.

According to its catalogue, the program provides practicing teachers the opportunity to develop deeper and broader understandings of the challenges of teaching and learning in today's diverse schools. A $30 fee, payable by check or credit card, is required for entry into the program. Cooperating teacher tuition waivers may be used from both SIUE and SIU Carbondale.

For more information, or if unable to attend the orientation program, but still interested in learning more about the program, contact Angie White, (618) 650-2433, or by e-mail:

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SIUE To Offer ISBE Library Information Specialist Endorsement

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Starting this fall, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education will offer students the opportunity to pursue a master's in education in instructional technology, or an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) library information specialist endorsement. Teachers and other school personnel can learn how to plan, implement and evaluate library information-based activities in pre-school through grade-12 settings. The master's and endorsement programs also provide students the chance to become knowledgeable users of library information, as well as designers of curriculum and instruction that effectively use and integrate library information to improve student learning.

The ISBE endorsement does not require as many classes or the completion of a final project, said Angie White, assistant director of graduate programs in the SIUE Office of Clinical Experiences, Certification and Advisement. The endorsement, she explained, allows students to add to their existing list of credentials, which is important as teachers are being called upon to take on roles outside the classroom. Being qualified in another area will provide professionals with more options in the professional world, White said. She continued that the endorsement might appeal to professionals who already have a master's degree and do not want to pursue another one, yet still want the versatility that the endorsement provides.

Individuals interested in applying to either of the programs can visit Cooperating teacher tuition waivers from both SIUE and SIU Carbondale can be used for these programs. For more information, contact White, (618) 650-2433 or by e-mail: for additional information.

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Summer ShowBiz
Continues With Musical Based On Children's Classic

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's final offering for Summer ShowBiz 2009 is the musical, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, by the popular songwriting team of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, who wrote the original score for the Gene Wilder film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, in 1971. Fast forward to 2003 when Tim McDonald-a talented musician who had already adapted some of Disney's animated feature films for the stage-approached Bricusse to do the same for Wonka. They kept some tunes from the 1971 film and Bricusse added some new ones, while McDonald updated the libretto.

And, that stage adaptation will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, July 15-18, and at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, all in the theater at SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. Sorry, no children under four years of age will be admitted. The film and the stage versions are based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Norwegian-British author Dahl who must have loved the confection. Biographers say he was fascinated by two large chocolate factories in England when he was young. According to Wikipedia, the Free Dictionary, the two companies routinely tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies into each other's factories.

It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factories that inspired Dahl to write his famous children's book in 1964, considered one of the most beloved stories of the 20th Century. It's the story of the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka. Charlie and four other children have won a contest to tour the factory, guarded from view most of the time by Wonka. What they find is a mystifying but wonderful place filled with candy delights and also strange inhabitants. It's a delightful show with songs that are whimsical, while the story is appropriately dark from time to time as fairytales ought to be. "I am excited to help bring this story to life," said director Kathryn Bentley, assistant professor of theater and dance at SIUE. "It's a story of dreams and hopes and life lessons.

"Willy Wonka's world is one in which what you envision can actually become reality," Bentley said. "That's an awesome notion when you think about it.

"As a child, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my all time favorite book and movie. My sister and I would watch the movie over and over dreaming of how amazing it would be to actually drink from a chocolate river," Bentley said. "It's a memory that reminds us that as children, we did believe in the possibilities of happy endings." Bentley is hopeful the musical will be entertaining for all ages. "This has been a magically delicious treat for all of us to create and I think that feeling will be evident to the audience."

Tickets are $15; senior citizens, retirees and alumni, SIUE retirees, SIUE alumni, SIUE faculty and staff, non-SIUE students, and children under 16, are $12. Group rates are available. For tickets or more information call the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance box office, (618) 650-2774, or toll free, (888) 328-5168, ext. 2774.

Click here for a photo suitable for print. In the photo, members of the cast include (from left), Alex Kowalchik of Upland, Calif., as Grandpa Joe; Brennan Stamps of Edwardsville, in the role of Charlie Bucket; Brennan Davis, also of Edwardsville and one of the magical helpers in the candy factory known as oompa-loompas; and Willy Wonka, the master candy maker himself, portrayed by Roger Speidel, of Glen Carbon. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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  • Cory Blad, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies, left the University today to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Margaret Boldt, an associate professor of accounting, left the University May 15.
  • Janelle Buettner joined the University June 15 as an academic advisor in the School of Engineering.
  • Kristi Halfond, an academic advisor in the Office of Academic Counseling and Advising, left the University May 14.
  • A. Yasemin Koss, associate director of the Career Development Center, left the University May 22.
  • Carla Lopez Del Puerto, an instructor of Construction in the SIUE School of Engineering, left the University May 15 to accept a position at Colorado State University.
  • Christy Spivey, an assistant professor of economics and finance, left the University May 15 to accept a position elsewhere.


  • Mary Ann Boyd, an associate dean of nursing and a professor of psychiatric nursing, effective May 31 after nearly 39 years of service.
  • Julian Bueno, associate professor of foreign languages and literature, effective May 31 after nearly 23 years of service.
  • Pamela Hibbs Decoteau, a professor of art and design, effective May 31 after more than 34 years of service.
  • John A. Taylor, a professor of Historical Studies, effective June 1, after nearly 39 years of service.
  • Trong Wu, professor of computer science, effective May 31 after more than 22 years of service.

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SIU Board Of Trustees For SIUE And University Park Seek Court Action To Resolve Spring Green Lodge Site

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Following the April 2007 expiration of a ground lease agreement between the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees and WLS Properties LLC, University Park SIUE Inc. has been seeking restoration of the construction site for what was to be the home of Spring Green Lodge, a hotel and conference center.

University Park SIUE Inc. and the SIU Board of Trustees for SIUE have filed a declaratory judgment action today in Madison County, seeking to have the court bring legal closure to the hotel conference center project. All construction equipment and materials will be removed from the site. Upon restoration of the property-located on the corner of Illinois 157 and University Park Drive-it will again be available for lease and development. "SIUE and University Park want the court to clarify the legal responsibilities, rights and obligations of the different parties involved," said Jim Pennekamp, executive director of University Park SIUE.

University Park currently has 23 tenants representing a number of business sectors including agricultural biotechnology, health sciences, design professionals and information technology. The most recent announced addition to the park is the American Red Cross Blood Processing Center and National Testing Laboratory. The American Red Cross will locate on a 15-acre site at the corner of University Park Drive and South Research Drive bringing over 500 highly-skilled jobs to the park.

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University Staff Senate Recently Awarded Scholarship To Son Of Employee

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville University Staff Senate recently awarded a scholarship to James Joseph (Joe) Feigl III, the son of Kathleen A. Feigl, office support associate in the School of Education.

The Senate awards scholarships annually to qualifying students who apply, who are the son, daughter, grandchild or spouse of a current SIUE employee, as specified in the application.

Click here for a photo of (from left to right) SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift, James Joseph Feigl, Jr., the student's father, Kathleen A. Feigl, the student's mother, the student, Joe Feigl, University Staff President Brian W. Lotz, Staff Senate Treasurer Jesse B. Harris, Jr. and Staff Senate Scholarship Chair Melanie Schoenborn.

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L. Miller Named Employee Of The Month For June

Lynn Miller, office support specialist for the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, is the June recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Miller is flanked by Trish Oberweis, an associate professor who nominated her for the award, and David Kauzlarich, chair of the department. At far left is the new College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aldemaro Romero and Sherrie Senkfor, director of the Office of Human Resources. At far right is Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher, who presented the award. In addition to the plaque she is holding, Miller was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations, as well as parking close to her office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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NCERC Receives Grant For Training Displaced Skilled Workers

Close to half of the $550,000 grant awarded recently to the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis for its Project GO! Green job training initiative will go to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) to train about 60 St. Patrick's clients in biofuels operations. The group of workers are skilled but displaced workers. The NCERC's portion of the grant is $237,000. Some $170,000 will go to another St. Patrick's program- The City Seeds Urban Farm-to be used to train the center's homeless clients for horticulture-related jobs, and the remaining will go to the Center as facilitator of the programs. The GO! Green program also works in conjunction with Gateway Greening, a St. Louis city initiative to beautify neighborhoods.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded the grant to St. Patrick's, 800 N. Tucker Blvd., on the near north side of St. Louis, as one of six winners nationally of the Green Jobs Training Initiative Grant funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation. The mayors, including St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, met in Providence, R.I., recently and selected six non-profit organizations to receive the grants, totaling $3.27 million to support and expand training programs for green jobs.

NCERC Director John Caupert said the NCERC will conduct two, four-week training sessions as part of the St. Patrick's jobs initiative-one in September and one in March 2010-to accommodate some 60 clients from St. Patrick's. "The first week will be devoted to an overview of the biofuels industry; the second week will cover hands-on training in our pilot plant facility here at the NCERC, which will include training on our high-tech SIEMENS biofuels plant operating system; the third week will involve analysis of how the plant operations equipment applies in biofuels research; and the fourth week will be a comprehensive review with presentations and exams." Caupert said the training will earn participants a certificate of completion and four CEU's (continuing education units) from the University.

He also pointed out that, despite the economy, the biofuels industry is hiring personnel. "Abengoa Bioenergy, the company that is building the new ethanol plant in the Granite City area, just hired 35 people, only seven of which had been trained in biofuels operations. Seven of those new hires were our previous interns. The other 28 were then sent here and trained." (View video clip at left).

"St. Patrick Center deals with a challenging population in St. Louis, one that requires special attention and effort," said Mayor Slay. "Our panel of judges was impressed with Project GO! Green's innovative approach to reach out to a difficult population in our city, while initiating a green jobs effort."

"Things are getting even greener at St. Patrick Center!" said Center CEO Dan Buck. "Already, our BEGIN New Venture Center is working with several new green industry small businesses, and now we are proud to be able to offer this new green job training opportunity to our St. Patrick Center clients and GO! Network members."

St. Patrick Center and the city of St. Louis join five other grant winners announced by the U.S. Conference of Mayors: Greencorps Chicago; the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CA); the Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps; the SF Works/City Build Academy in San Francisco; and the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living in Providence, R.I. Funds distributed by the Wal-Mart Foundation focus on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness.

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