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July 2010

Illinois International Trade Center To Co-Sponsor Ex-Im Symposium

30 July 2010, 11:02 am

Because of the recently announced changes in export policies by President Barack Obama, the Illinois Small Business Development Center-International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SBDC-ITC) has been proactive in offering various seminars and roundtables, as well as individual counseling sessions, to help update local businesses in the new policies.

"In order to address these important issues and other points about the export-import rules for businesses," SBDC-ITC Director Silvia Torres Bowman pointed out, "Congressman Jerry Costello will be hosting an Export Symposium with the chairman of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, Fred P. Hochberg.

"This exciting opportunity for area businesses, lending institutions and economic development professionals will be held at the Regency Conference Center in O'Fallon from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday Aug. 17."

She said the SBDC-ITC will be a sponsor of the event and will be available for one-on-one counseling meetings after presentations.

As the leader of the U.S. government's official export credit agency-with a multi-billion dollar capacity-Hochberg will discuss how the Ex-Im Bank can work with local businesses to increase capacity to sell U.S. made products in the global marketplace. "The programs offered by the Export-Import Bank are crucial to small businesses, especially during these challenging economic times, enabling small exporters to access working capital funds and to limit their international risk by offering credit to their global buyers," Torres Bowman said.

She said the SBDC-ITC unit at SIUE is dedicated to educating local and/or regional companies in the announced changes to help streamline current practices within exporting companies or to encourage businesses to enter the export market. The SBDC-ITC, a not-for-profit export information center, is funded through the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the University to serve exporters in 37 counties of Southern Illinois.

"In March, President Obama set out details of his National Export Initiative, a program that has a goal of doubling exports in five years and adding two million jobs," Torres Bowman said. "This will be accomplished through a combination of export promotion, opening markets abroad for U.S. goods and the reform of an outdated export control system. The plan, the president said, would jump-start the economy by helping 'farmers and small businesses increase their exports through sheer grit and determination.'

"Many businesses think they are too small to compete in the world market," she pointed out, "but in fact, 97 percent of all exporters are small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration. In fact, a recent study by the National Small Business Association in Washington, DC, showed that more than 40 percent of small companies not currently exporting would consider doing so if their concerns were addressed.

"Illinois ranks sixth in the nation as a leading exporting state. Last year, our state generated over $41 billion from exports sent to over 211 countries." During 2009, the Illinois SBDC-ITC at SIUE assisted in $29.8 million export sales from the region, the creation of nearly 53 jobs, retention of more than 658 jobs, and the counseling and training of nearly 255 clients.

The SBDC-ITC provides:

  • Free individualized export counseling and evaluation of a company's export readiness;
  • Customized international market research;
  • Identification of foreign buyers, agents, distributors and partners;
  • Export finance assistance;
  • Participation in trade missions and trade shows worldwide
  • An extensive library of international trade publications and databases

"Since 1984, our center has been working with small businesses in Southern Illinois to help them be successful in new and existing markets around the world," Torres Bowman said. The SBDC-International Trade Center at SIUE may be reached via e-mail:; by phone, (618) 650-3851, or by visiting the website:

Acting Dean of SIUE School of Pharmacy Receives National Fellow Award

26 July 2010, 3:05 pm

Gireesh Gupchup, acting dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, recently was designated a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA.)

APhA, which was started in 1852, was the first national professional society of pharmacists formed in the U.S. According to its website, it is the largest association of pharmacists in the country with more than 60,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others dedicated to advancing the profession.

The award was established to honor APhA members for exemplary professional achievements in professional practice and outstanding service to the profession through activities in APhA and other organizations.

Gupchup recently was named acting dean of the School of Pharmacy. Prior to the designation, he held the position of associate dean for student affairs and is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at SIUE.

SIU Board Takes Action On Measures Affecting Edwardsville Campus

20 July 2010, 9:28 am

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today gave project and budget approval for two major projects on the SIUE campus, totaling some $17.1 million.

The action was taken at the board's regular meeting conducted recently on the campus of the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

The board also granted authorization to its executive committee to award contracts for the renovation of the 26-year-old, second-floor locker rooms at SIUE's Vadalabene Center. At its meeting in April, the board approved the project, estimated to cost some $920,000, to be funded by internal operating funds and Intercollegiate Athletics revenues and donations.

The executive committee authority was requested to expedite future action on the project since bids are anticipated in late July and the full board doesn't meet again until August. The locker room renovation must be completed in time for the basketball and wrestling seasons in late October.

The project and budget approvals given by the board today included a $14.3 million expansion of the SIUE Art and Design Building and a $2.8 million plan to replace the windows in the John Mason Peck Classroom Building, the first step in a multi-phase project to make core campus buildings more energy efficient.

The Art and Design Building renovation plan includes construction of a 29,000-square-foot building to house art history, art theory and art education classrooms and office, as well as a gallery space and space for the painting and drawing disciplines. The new building will then be connected to the existing building by an enclosed bridge. The plan also calls for renovation of the existing Art and Design Building.

The project, which will be funded by University operating funds and Facilities Fee revenues, is being designed by Trivers Architects.

In addition to the Peck Building window replacement, Rendleman Hall, Founders Hall and Alumni Hall also will be included in the energy efficiency renovation project as funding becomes available.

GCER Competition Produces A Local International Contender

16 July 2010, 1:44 pm

The competition portion of the Global Conference On Educational Robotics (GCER), which occurred on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus July 7-11, produced a double elimination round winner-St. Mary's Catholic School in Edwardsville-and that same team went on to become the second place overall international winner.

The overall winners were:

1st Place Overall Hanalani Schools, Hawai'i

2nd Place Overall St. Mary's School, Illinois

3rd Place Overall Dead Robot Society, Virginia

4th Place Overall Nease Robotics, Florida

5th Place Overall Explorer Post 1010, Maryland

The competition was an example of engineering imitating life as some 500 middle- and high-school students from around the U.S., the Middle East, Poland, Japan and Mexico-to name a few-used their robots to "clean up a lake" after an "oil spill." By the way, that theme was decided on long before the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The GCER competition showed the prowess of team members in building robots, programming them and accomplishing the goal of the competition. Four area teams were in the finals of the competition.

Each year the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Institute for Practical Robotics, a non-profit organization based in Norman, Okla., supplies the support materials for regional, national and international robotics competitions, using educational robotics programs to engage students in science, technology, engineering, math and project management.

SIUE has been the site for regional competitions but this is the first time the international competition has occurred on the campus. "This global event was very exciting and gave us a chance to play host to several hundred bright students from around the world," said Professor Jerry Weinberg, chair of the SIUE Department of Computer Science and soon to be acting dean of the SIUE Graduate School.

"This event accomplished several things," he said, "not the least of which was a chance to show off our incredible campus and, perhaps, attract some of these students here when it's time to decide on a university. But, there's also the educational component, the hope that some of these students will consider engineering and science as career choices because of these types of experiences."

Many of the GCER competitors were girls. That's interesting because there was a time when girls weren't encouraged to seek careers in science or engineering, but nowadays that situation is changing because over the past two decades or so educators have been coming up with ways to show middle-school-age girls that such careers are a possibility.

Over the years, Weinberg and other faculty members in SIUE School of Engineering have been reaching out to young boys and girls, offering workshops to peak their interests in various programs.

And, two local sisters have become involved in the SIUE robotics program, first through St. Mary's Catholic School in Edwardsville and then at Edwardsville High School. One of the sisters, Kathryn "Katie" Manning, 17, and a senior at EHS where she has been immersed in the robotics program since she's been in grade school, has plans to enroll in the SIUE Computer Science program.

Her sister, Margaret "Meg" Manning, 11, is a seventh-grader in the program at St. Mary's and is following in her big sister's footsteps. Although she didn't participate in the GCER competition, she was there to cheer as the team won the overall second-place slot in the competition.

Katie, who actually helped start a robotics team when she was a student at St. Mary's, said she was drawn to the SIUE program when she was in sixth grade. "I first became interested somewhat in robotics during one of the SIUE science camps," she said. "I was fascinated by the way an inanimate object could be programmed with a computer to allow it to move by itself."

She herself put together an all-girls' team at St. Mary's in 2006 and they took first place at the SIUE regional and then went to the nationals in Norman, Okla., where the team came in 8th place. The team's robot also won the judge's choice award at Norman.

They both can be proud of the team from Edwardsville that became an international contender.

Dunham Seminar July 24-Aug. 1 At SIUE; Other Festivities Also Planned

14 July 2010, 4:35 pm

The Katherine Dunham International Seminar 2010 is scheduled from Saturday, July 24 to Sunday, Aug. 1, on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus. Proceeds will benefit the Katherine Dunham Museum in East St. Louis. The seminar will include sessions with certified Dunham Technique faculty including Glory Van Scott, Albirda Rose, Ruby Streate, Theo Jamison, Rachel Tavernier, Keith Williams, Halifu Osumare and Jeanne Speier. The nine-day seminar includes authentic Dunham Technique classes, panel discussions and networking opportunities, to name a few.

Registration is $495 for adults and $250 for youth and college students. A $75 non-refundable deposit is required. Visit the website, to download a registration form and for more information.

In addition to the seminar, other Katherine Dunham festivities are planned, including:

  • The Harambee Community Festival, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at the Katherine Dunham Museum, 1005 Pennsylvania Ave., East St. Louis;
  • The Katherine Dunham Legacy Gala, Saturday, July 31, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. The black/white tie gala begins at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by performances by vocalist Greta Matthews and violinist Phillip Rayford, as well as the Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe; and
  • The Katherine Dunham Seminar Closing ceremony from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, with exciting dance performances and an appreciation reception. Show tickets are $5; other donations accepted.

A native of Chicago, Miss Dunham-after a storied 35-year, worldwide career as a dancer and choreographer in the theater and in film-came to the SIU Carbondale campus in 1964 when she was invited to choreograph a student opera. It was during that time she first visited East St. Louis, which was to become her second home and base of operations.

In 1967, Miss Dunham was appointed visiting artist-in-residence in what was then known as the Fine Arts Division of SIUE. She became a University Professor and adjunct professor of Anthropology in 1975 She retired in 1982. Miss Dunham taught her dance technique for many years in East St. Louis before she died in 2006.

Miss Dunham founded the Katherine Dunham Center for Performing Arts at SIUE's East St. Louis Center when it was located in the old Broadview Hotel.

Tickets for the Legacy Gala are $50; a table is $400. For more information, contact Mona Brown, (618) 453-3069 or by e-mail:, or contact Leverne Backstrom, (618) 875-3636, or (618) 795-5970, or by e-mail: The event is cosponsored by SIU, the Illinois Arts Council and Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, St. Louis.

R. Albert Named July Employee Of The Month

13 July 2010, 4:45 pm

Rosie Albert

Congratulations: Rosemary "Rosie" Albert , an office support specialist in Food Service, is the July recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Albert (center) is flanked by her supervisor, Dennis Wobbe (at left), assistant director for Food Service, who nominated Albert for the award, and Joseph Pearson, director of the Morris University Center. In addition to the plaque Albert was presented, she was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations, and parking close to her office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

Two SIUE Nursing Faculty Chosen For VA Award Two Years Running

9 July 2010, 5:00 pm

Virginia Cruz, an associate professor in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, has been selected as one of the "Outstanding Scholars" at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in St. Louis, only the second year the award has been given in this category-both to SIUE Nursing faculty. Last year, SIUE Assistant Professor Pamela Newland was the recipient.

Cruz received the award during a ceremony at which Joel Kupersmith, chief research and development officer for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC, presided.

SIUE Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer said she was thrilled to hear the news. "Apparently, the VA considers the work of the SIUE nursing faculty as pretty outstanding if the school has been so honored two years in a row," she noted. The $1,000 award and a recognition plaque was given to Cruz based on her performance at the VAMC John Cochran Division facility in the city of St. Louis.

Cruz currently is an instructor for the Health Care and Nursing Administration specialization in the SIUE School of Nursing. She has received several honors within the nursing profession and and has contributed chapters to nursing textbooks. Before joining the SIUE nursing faculty in 2001, Cruz was director of the nursing program at Maryville University in St. Louis from 1998-2001, chair of the department of nursing at Rockford (IL) College from 1997-98, and was on faculty at the University of Dubuque (IA) including a stint as chair of the baccalaureate nursing department, all from 1981-1997. Cruz also held positions from 1971-78 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville and Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

She earned a doctorate in gerontological nursing at the University of Iowa in 1997, an MSN at SIUE in 1980, with a concentration in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and a BSN from Saint Louis University in 1973.

AAHPM Endorses Pharmacy Care Recommendations From SIUE Summit

9 July 2010, 1:51 pm

AAHPM Endorses Pharmacy Care Recommendations From SIUE Summit

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Recommendations made during a pain and palliative care summit held last fall on campus by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy recently were endorsed in their entirety by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM.)

The recommendations include:

* Requiring didactic, elective didactic, experiential and elective or selective experiential education for all coursework in pharmacy professional degree programs;

* An outline of collaborations between degree program accreditation bodies, state and national licensing boards and professional organizations representing pharmacy educators for pharmacy professional degree programs;

* Requiring that pharmacists pursuing formal post-graduate clinical training outside a pain and palliative care specialty have a core understanding of the practice area;

* Requiring that pharmacists providing patient care in practice settings have a core understanding of pain and palliative care;

* Outlining individual practice areas and subsequent skill sets for unique practice settings with specialization;

* Formally recognizing expertise for pharmacists with advanced understanding of pain and palliative care.

The AAHPM is the premier professional organization for physicians practicing in hospice and palliative care medicine.

"The AAHPM Board of Directors has voted to endorse the consensus recommendations from the Strategic Planning Summit for Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy," said Dale Lupu, an organization representative. "The AAHPM applauds the Planning Summit for leading the important work to produce these recommendations."

The Summit, which was held on the SIUE campus in October, drew more than 200 professionals from across the country. It was designed to bring representatives together from schools and colleges of pharmacy, post-graduate residency and fellowship programs, and practicing pharmacists to the area to make recommendations to shape the future of pain and palliative care.

A variety of topics were discussed during breakout sessions, including care standards and assessment, curriculum enhancement, residency and fellowship training, certificate program content development and credentialing.

The topics of the breakout sessions were the result of professional collaboration at the 2003 National Pain and Palliative Care Summit at The Ohio State University. SIUE School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Chris Herndon secured funding for the national effort at the SIUE campus last fall through the Mayday Fund, which was established in 1992 and is committed to social and medical causes.

"The purpose of this summit was to improve pain and palliative care education for pharmacists of today and tomorrow," Herndon said. "A real need exists to enhance the care and direction provided by pharmacists.

"Through our combined effort and collaboration, I feel like we accomplished that purpose. We have come very far from our first meeting in 2003 and there is still more we can do. But we are making great strides in the pain and palliative care patients receive and the type of training and education medical professionals receive on a national level."

Herndon worked for nearly three years with a multi-disciplinary advisory board of pain and palliative care experts from across the country to organize the summit.

SIUE Art Student Receives International Contemporary Sculpture Award

8 July 2010, 3:47 pm

Tara Morton, a senior art and design major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from O'Fallon, recently received the International Sculpture Center's (ISC) Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2010.

Established by the ISC in 1994, the award recognizes young sculptors and encourages their commitment to the field. It also draws attention to the sculpture programs at participating universities, colleges and art schools.

More than 175 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from 16 countries participated in this year's competition, resulting in the nomination of 445 students.

There were 20 award recipients selected to take part in the Grounds For Sculpture's Fall/Winter Exhibition, which will be on view from Oct. 10, 2010 to Jan. 2, 2011 in Hamilton, N.J., adjacent to the ISC headquarters. The artists' work will be included in Grounds For Sculpture's 2010 Fall/Winter Exhibitions Catalogue and featured in the October 2010 issue of the International Sculpture Center's award winning publication, Sculpture magazine as well as on the ISC award winning website at

A distinguished panel made up of artist and educator Creighton Michael, curator Rocio Aranda-Alvarado and artist Oliver Herring selected the winners, along with 15 honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted.

"The selection of the winners from a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment and testament to the artistic promise of the students' work," stated Johannah Hutchison, ISC executive director and publisher of Sculpture.

Edwardsville Named Among 10 Best Towns for Families in 2010

7 July 2010, 2:56 pm

The results of an annual roundup of the nation's best places to raise children are in. And Edwardsville is among Family Circle's Top 10 Best Towns for Families in 2010.

Towns are chosen based on several factors, including affordability, green spaces, excellent schools and philanthropic spirit.

Jennifer Gianaris, an Edwardsville resident and mother of six, was quoted in the article saying, "Even though this is a university town, it's the perfect place for all generations." She and her husband, Ted Gianaris, moved to the town in 1996. Today, their 21-year-old daughter, Annie, is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and both sets of the couple's parents now call the community home.

One of Edwardsville's selling points referenced in the article was the YMCA's Meyer Center on Goshen Road, a new 116,000-square-foot recreational facility with an indoor climbing wall, tennis courts and a roller skating rink, which residents helped raise more than half the $10 million needed to build.

Other community activities that were applauded in the feature were volunteer solicitation of donations to turn an abandoned sewage facility into a 40-acre nature preserve with wetlands, prairies and forests, and student volunteer participation through visiting senior citizens or walking dogs for the Madison County Humane Society.

The article is in the latest issue of Family Circle and available to read online.

Seussical The Musical Opens July 14 For SIUE Summer ShowBiz 2010

7 July 2010, 1:50 pm

A person's a person, no matter how small

-Theodor Geisel

The words of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, are woven throughout Seussical The Musical and are given even more life by the musical theater writing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. And, those inspirational stories of Dr. Seuss and all the musicality of the Flaherty and Ahrens duo come to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Summer ShowBiz stage July 14-18 in the theater of SIUE's Dunham Hall. Seussical is the third and final show in the three-play summer series.

The hit Broadway musical plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, July 14-17, and at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 17-18.

The whimsical world of Dr. Seuss swirls with characters such as JoJo and Horton from Horton Hears a Who! the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Judge Yertle the Turtle, who decides Horton's fate, and the infamous Cat in the Hat from the books with the same names. Other characters and settings appear through the musical from other Dr. Seuss books such as The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and If I Ran the Circus.

For Seussical, Ahrens and Flaherty have won won Grammy and Drama Desk nominations, and it reported to be the most frequently performed show in America. They also won the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for their score of the Broadway musical Ragtime. They also garnered two Academy Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for the songs and score of Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature film, Anastasia (Gold Record and Number One Song). They are cocreators of the Broadway musicals, Once On This Island (eight Tony Award nominations, London's Olivier Award for Best Musical). Other Broadway and off-Broadway credits include My Favorite Year, A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical); Dessa Rose (winner, 2005 Audelco Award for Best Musical, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations); Lucky Stiff (Helen Hayes Award, Best Musical); Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life and The Glorious Ones (five Drama Desk nominations including Best Musical). Ahrens and Flaherty were most recently represented on Broadway with the 2009 revival of Ragtime.

Director Joy Powell points out that Seussical is pure entertainment for young and old, but with a message. " Seussical is a great show for lots of reasons," Powell said. "Its characters have been recognized and loved by many generations. People who grew up with the books and the cartoons on television can now bring their children to see the same beloved characters come to life on stage."

Powell sites the powerful messages inherent within the play's lyrics. "The story is so powerful with lines like, 'it's possible, anything's possible' or 'a person's a person no matter how small.'

"I really love that one of the main characters, JoJo, is a young person. Throughout JoJo's journey, she realizes that her imagination is important and in the end her use of that fertile imagination ends up saving the day," Powell explained. "She learns that being unique and different make her special and that she must use her unique perspective on the world to better that world. The play's message has power and hope and I'm thrilled that this wonderful cast is breathing life into these characters."

Tickets for Seussical The Musical are $15; students, senior citizens (65+), SIUE faculty and staff: $12; SIUE Students registered for summer classes are free with valid ID. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call (618) 650-2774.

Click on the photo above suitable for print. In the photo, from left, cast members include Chris Eubank, of Lovington, NM, as Horton the Elephant; Margaret French, of Nashville, Tenn., as Gertrude McFuzz; Roger Speidel, of Milbank, SD, as the infamous Cat in the Hat; and Lauren Harrison, of Collinsville, as JoJo.

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