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July 2011

SIUE Library & Information Increases its Digital Collection

28 July 2011, 10:10 am

To read about an "Anthro-Choreo-Diva" and a "statue-as-queen" or learn which

staff member left Shurtleff College in Alton in 1912 to become assistant superintendent of schools in Madison County, browse the two newest digital collections of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Lovejoy Library.

The University's Library & Information Services recently made the Drumvoices Revue

poetry anthologies and the Shurtleff College Retrospect yearbooks available online.

Drumvoices Revue: A Confluence of Literary, Cultural and Vision Arts is a multicultural literary journal, published by SIUE in collaboration with the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club of East St. Louis, according to Stephen Kerber, archivist and special collections librarian. The journal first appeared in Fall/Winter of 1991/92. Since its first publication, the poetry journal has been consistent with the Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Writers Club's vision: "To provide serious writers with a milieu, a Soular System, in which to learn, mature, share their works, receive and give criticism and eventually get published."

Poems about many legendary figures, including Katherine Dunham, have been published in the journals. Dunham was recognized by EBR Writers Club President Darlene Roy as an "Anthro-Choreo-Diva." The Club has also paid homage to its own, as in the case of the late Sheryl Johnson, whom Redmond himself described as a "statue-as-queen."

Redmond is an SIUE Emeritus Professor of English and editor of Drumvoices Revue. Redmond was named Poet Laureate of East St. Louis in 1976, the same year his best-selling critical history, Drumvoices: the Mission of African-American poetry was published. Redmond graduated from SIUE in 1964 in English Literature and Political Science. He holds a master's degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Redmond co-founded the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club in 1986, with Roy and Sherman L. Fowler.

Digital Imaging Specialist Ginger Stricklin and Metadata and Cataloguing Librarian Mary Rose collaborated with Kerber to create the Drumvoices Revue digital collection.

Stricklin and Metadata and Cataloging Librarian Lynn Fields worked with Kerber to digitize the surviving copies of the Shurtleff College yearbook, the Retrospect.

SIUE traces its lineage back to the campus grounds of Shurtleff College, a small Baptist school. John Mason Peck, a Baptist Missionary of Rock Springs Seminary, relocated the school to Alton in 1832. The seminary was renamed Shurtleff in 1836, after a wealthy contributor. Shurtleff served as a leading institution of higher learning in Southwest Illinois for more than a century. Its graduates became productive citizens of Alton, Madison County, the St. Louis region and the nation. Locally, Shurtleff staff member, Miss Uzzell, became the assistant superintendent of schools for Madison County.

Financial challenges forced the closure of Shurtleff College in spring 1957. By chance, its demise coincided with the establishment of SIUE. Under a lease/purchase agreement, the former Shurtleff grounds became the site of SIUE's Alton Residence Center that year and later developed into the University's School of Dental Medicine in 1972.

The digital collection is comprised of yearbooks for 1911-1932, 1938-1942 and 1948-1956. It also includes a supplement featuring the graduating class of 1957.

SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School Team Places 5th In International Tourney

27 July 2011, 9:38 am

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School team finished among four finalists in the double elimination round of a recent international Botball competition of 63 teams. The competition was held earlier this month in Orange County, Calif., featuring teams from around the globe including Poland, Austria and Qatar.

According to the KISS (Keep It Simple Students) Institute for Practical Robotics, a national non-profit educational organization, Botball is an educational robotics program that equips students with the skills, experience and opportunities required to design, build and program autonomous robots that are used in regional, national and international competitions.

The SIUE Charter High School team of five students also received a Judges' Choice Certificate: The Mars Rover Viking Award for "achievement against great odds," because the school does not have a practice table, as do the majority of competing teams. Students from the Charter High School who attended included juniors Sergio Cole and Quewon Smith seniors Juliann Bynum, Jeremiah Rogers and Deborah Wilson.

"We're very proud of these kids," said Rebecca Bemrose-Fetter, a recent SIUE graduate with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering, who traveled with the students to the tournament and provided them with assistance. Bemrose-Fetter, who was with the SIUE Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research, Education and Outreach for three years until she graduated in May, had used the botball platform in a class she took during her studies at SIUE.

Also traveling with the students were SIUE graduate assistant David Utoon-Owaji Brown, an electrical and computer engineering major who acted as a mentor to the students for several months, and Charter High School teacher Carolyn Kribs.

The Charter High School students had placed third in the double elimination round at the 2011 Greater St. Louis Botball Regional Tournament, which was held at SIUE, qualifying them to advance to the next level. The regional competition, hosted by KISS and the SIUE School of Engineering, featured 17 teams from four states.

"These competitions-and preparation for them-provide students with hands-on learning and skills development in engineering and computer science, as well as in all STEM disciplines," said Jerry Weinberg, acting associate provost for research and dean of the SIUE Graduate School. "Furthermore, the students who participate benefit from working as a team to solve complex problems."

Weinberg, who also is a professor of computer science at SIUE and who has served as department chair, organized the first regional competition five years ago. Student participation in the current competition was made possible by the SIUE schools of Education and Engineering, and the Graduate School, the SIUE Foundation, the office of the Provost and the STEM Center.

SIUE Faculty Member Headlines At Las Vegas Conference

27 July 2011, 9:26 am

Take everything you think you know about science and question it. That's exactly what more than 1,300 scientific-minded people do each year at the annual The Amaz!ing Meeting (TAM) in Las Vegas. And one of the headliners at this year's conference was Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Assistant Research Professor Pamela Gay.

An astronomer, podcaster, and writer and member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers board of directors, Gay spoke at TAM about the need to support government funded science research and reforming science education in order to build a more scientifically literate future. Held in Las Vegas since 2004, the event has become the world's largest gathering of its kind.

TAM is an annual celebration of science, skepticism and critical thinking. According to the TAM website, people from all over the world come to the event each year to laugh, learn and share perspectives with fellow skeptics and a host of speakers and panelists. The website continued that the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) has hosted the annual TAM event since 2003 to promote discourse about paranormal and supernatural claims among the public.

Other headliners at TAM included Neil de Grasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City; Bill Nye, also known as the Science Guy, who is a science educator, comedian, actor, mechanical engineer and host of the Disney children's science show, "Bill Nye the Science Guy;" Phil Plait, an astronomer and skeptic who runs the website; Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist, human memory expert and faculty member from the University of Washington; and Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist who is a professor of physics and director of the Origins Project at the Arizona State University.

In addition to her talk, Gay also participated in a panel discussion with Krauss, Tyson and Nye about the future of space exploration. For more information, visit

SIUE BassMasters Club Wins A Spot In Regional Competition

26 July 2011, 10:29 am

Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students recently won fourth place in a fishing competition on the Detroit River in Michigan, making them eligible to compete in the central division regional championship in October and potentially giving them a shot at the national competition.

Brad LeMasters, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Justin Skinner, a senior Sociology major, both of the SIUE BassMasters Club, caught five bass, weighing 14 pounds at the National Guard Forrest L. Woods (FLW) College Fishing Central Division contest in July. The award came with $2,000 in cash. Woods is the founder of Ranger boats.

The SIUE team was among the top five who qualified for the regional championship of the National Guard FLW College Central Division to be held Oct. 6-8 at Lake Kinkaid in Carbondale, hosted by Southern Illinois University. The first place team will win $12,500 in cash for their school, $12,500 cash for the team and a Ranger 177TR bass boat wrapped in school colors for their fishing club.

FLW Outdoors is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. Participants worldwide receive the opportunity to compete for millions of dollars in more than 190 tournaments in 2011. For more information about FLW Outdoors and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit or

Fourth & Fifth Graders Learn Disaster Planning Logistics

20 July 2011, 3:54 pm

A group of fourth and fifth graders in the Odyssey Summer Camp program, "Math Movers and Shakers," will work with Scott Air Force Base representatives to walk through the logistics of moving equipment for disaster relief.

Military representatives will be on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Science Building with a Humvee. Students have been challenged to figure out the best way to transport 500 Humvees from across the US to provide disaster relief in Hawaii. Students will discover what is involved in preparing, the resources needed and time it will take to respond to these situations.

The Odyssey camp program is sponsored by the SIUE Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research, Education and Outreach. For more information, contact the STEM Center, (618) 650-3065.

Middle School Students Prepare For Rocket Launches

20 July 2011, 3:52 pm

Forty middle school students part of the "Let's Do Launch" program will launch 160 soda bottle rockets Thursday and Friday in the Morris Quadrangle on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

The students will conduct a dress rehearsal at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, firing off 80 soda bottles, followed by a formal rocket launching at 9 a.m. Friday.

The event is sponsored by the Boeing Co. under the guidance of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and the SIUE Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research, Education and Outreach. Students participating in the program are part of a week-long residential camp. SIUE students through the School of Education received training through a Teacher Candidate Institute to learn how to guide the participants in construction of the rockets.

Air pressure inside the bottles combined with water aid their flight. The focus of the program is to examine forces and motion, as well as to learn Newton's laws of motion.

For more information, contact the STEM Center, (618) 650-3065.

Active with Asthma Day Camp on SIUE's Campus

20 July 2011, 12:47 pm

The SIUE School of Nursing, SIUE School of Pharmacy and the American Lung Association in Illinois will collaboratively present "Active with Asthma: a Day Camp for Kids with Asthma" from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, August 13.

During this one-day event on SIUE's campus, children will learn about asthma, physical activity, medications, nutrition, avoiding triggers, formulating asthma action plans and more. The camp is offered at no charge and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 14 who have been diagnosed with asthma and are taking daily medications.

"Active with Asthma" is a fun, activity filled day with an education session for parents and caregivers that will take place from 3:45-4:45 p.m. The objective of asthma camp is to improve the physical condition and psychological outlook of children with asthma, as well as to educate campers and their families about how to best manage their care.

"Asthma Day Camp provides the chance for children with asthma to give and receive support from others like them," said Rhonda Comrie, associate professor in the SIUE School of Nursing. Campers learn about their asthma in a friendly and welcoming environment without fear of being teased or feeling different. Above all, children learn that they're not alone with their asthma and that there are kids out there just like them.

The SIUE schools of Nursing and Pharmacy students will serve as camp counselors, along with other medical professionals. Lisa Lubsch, clinical associate professor in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, is pleased about the collaboration between Schools. "I get excited watching pharmacy and nursing students from SIUE working together in hopes to bettering asthma care in our community," Lubsch said.

For more information on this one-day camp, visit or call 800-788-5864.

Additional sponsors of the event include the United Way, Health Alliance, Blowitz Ridgeway, Illinois Salon Departmental La Boutique 8/40, Orange Krush Foundation, Illinois Society of Respiratory Care, and Jaris Waide-Knockout Asthma.

BOT Awards $12,890,478 In Contracts For Two Construction Projects

14 July 2011, 7:43 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today awarded $12,890,478 in contracts to 10 Illinois companies and two Missouri companies for two major building expansion projects on the SIU Edwardsville campus.

The projects include construction of the Charles and Mary Lukas Athletics Annex at the SIUE Vadalabene Center for additional Intercollegiate Athletics office space and the Art and Design Building expansion for additional studio, classroom and office space. Both actions took place at the board's regular meeting today, conducted this month on the SIU Carbondale campus.

Some $4.2 million for construction of the 29,000-square-foot Athletics Annex is being funded by a gift from the Lukas Family. The remaining $554,789 of the cost will come from University Plant Funds. The project was approved by the Board at its February meeting.

The annex contracts were awarded to:

  • Contegra Construction Co. of Edwardsville; $3,690,000 for general contracting
  • Guarantee Electrical Contractors of St. Louis; $364,574 for electrical work
  • Bi-State Fire Protection of St. Charles, Mo.; $98,785 for fire protection work
  • Amsco Mechanical of Granite City; $123,000 for plumbing
  • France Mechanical of Edwardsville; $478,400 for heating and ventilation work

Some $8,135,719 in contracts also were awarded for construction of the 29,000-square-foot Art and Design West Building expansion project, which will include space for Art History, Art Therapy, and Art Education classrooms and offices. Those office and classrooms are now located elsewhere on the SIUE campus. The new addition also will include space for painting and drawing studios.

This project will allow the entire SIUE Department of Art and Design to be in one location. A second phase-construction of an enclosed bridge to connect the new building to the current Art and Design Building-will be considered by the board at a later date.

The Art and Design West contracts were awarded to:

  • R.W. Boeker Company of Hamel; $5,857,060 for general contracting work
  • J.F. Electric of Edwardsville; $817,900 for electrical work
  • Superior Fire Protection Systems of Forsyth; $91,359 for fire protection work
  • Bergmann-Roscow Plumbing of Belleville; $252,500 for plumbing
  • Hock Mechanical of Millstadt; $279,900 for ventilaltion work
  • France Mechanical Corp. of Edwardsville; $837,000 for heating work.

Funding for the project will come from University Plant Funds. The project was approved by the board at its July 2010 meeting.

In other business today, the board gave project and budget approval to expand and renovate the SIUE Engineering Building, estimated to cost $12.6 million with another $1.6 million estimated for the renovation of the current Engineering Building. The expansion will provide more classroom and office space as well as teaching and research space to accommodate the growth in SIUE's enrollment. A planning study has recommended construction of a 32,000-square-foot building connected to the current building with an enclosed bridge as well as partial renovation to the current building.

The board also approved open-service contracts with hazardous materials abatement firms for various projects at SIUE. The firms are needed because of renovation projects involving 50-year-old buildings. University officials say that the need for such service is often immediate and the need for services is crucial to maintaining a safe work environment.

In another item affecting the SIUE campus, the board authorized the board's executive committee to award contracts related to the proposed construction of an indoor practice facility for the SIUE softball program. The estimated cost is $980,000 and would be funded through University Plant Funds and private gifts. The authorization has been given to award bids expected in August before the board meets again. Construction is estimated to be completion by January.

Growth in Regional Nursing Program Leads to Faculty Positions

8 July 2011, 1:21 pm

The inaugural cohort of students in the SIUE Regional Nursing Program on Carbondale's campus will return in August 2011 for their second year of study. During this point in the nursing curriculum, students will begin their clinical experiences in the health care agencies of Southern Illinois. The expansion of students in clinical settings requires additional support, which leads to open faculty positions.

Second year nursing students will complete their clinical experiences in the Southern Illinois region. The local health care agencies are pleased to welcome SIUE nursing students, according to Program Director Susan Winters. "The hospitals are delighted to have our students in their agencies and look forward to the prospect of hiring more baccalaureate prepared nurses in the future," she said.

The Regional Nursing Program began in August 2010 to address statewide nursing shortages. The second cohort of 37 nursing students has been accepted into the program and will begin coursework at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester.

The SIUE School of Nursing currently is accepting resumes for part-time clinical faculty positions to begin Aug. 15, 2011. A master's degree in nursing and medical/surgical experience is required. For more information, contact Virginia Cruz at (618) 650-3995,

SIUE International Trade Center Wins Statewide Governor's Award

7 July 2011, 10:18 am

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville recently won the International Trade Center of the Year Award at the Illinois Export Conference Awards Luncheon. The Illinois Export Awards recognize companies that have achieved excellence in exporting and organizations that have provided substantial export assistance to Illinois companies. Governor Pat Quinn presented the awards at a June 21 luncheon in Chicago.

The ITC was recognized for its performance on behalf of clients the SIUE office assisted in furthering Illinois export opportunities during this past year. According to ITC Director Silvia Torres Bowman, the ITC at SIUE assisted its clients in the generation of more than $71 million in export sales through its consulting, training and research services ($182 million in export sales generated in the last six years).

"We are honored to receive this recognition for our contributions to economic development in Southern Illinois," Torres Bowman said. "We are deeply committed to the continued increase of exports in our region and we are very proud of our talented team and the tremendous support of our School of Business and SIUE, which makes it possible for us to deliver quality programs and services to our clients"

The ITC at SIUE has had a substantial presence in the entire Southern Illinois region since 1984 through various outreach centers and a former satellite office at SIU Carbondale. During the past ten years, the ITC has provided Latin America-specific counseling and training services to clients from the entire state, with the goal of improving the competitiveness of all Illinois companies through building exports to Central and South America.

Photo: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn presents the International Trade Center of the Year Award to SBDC/ITC Director Silvia Torres Bowman.

SIUE Alumni Association To Host 2011 Hometown Parties

6 July 2011, 7:01 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association, the Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) organization, the SIUE Office of Admissions, and the Cougar Parent & Family Association will join forces for the 2011 Hometown Parties to be offered in Hinsdale, Springfield, Effingham and St. Louis later this month.

These events are aimed at providing incoming and transfer students an opportunity to network and meet other SIUE families. It will give students an opportunity to meet other students from their area attending SIUE in the fall and also give them a chance to learn about more SIUE alumni living in their local community. Parents will also have an opportunity to network and meet other SIUE families.

Todd Burrell, director of SIUE Admissions, said what he enjoys most about the program is that it brings together two different areas of the University to benefit incoming students. "I think our hometown parties are a great way to build connections for the students by networking with alumni from different areas, and they will have something to hold on to when they start SIUE in the fall," Burrell said.

Steve Jankowski, director of SIUE Alumni Affairs, encourages local alumni to attend and share some of their favorite memories of SIUE. "It's a great way to get our current alumni connected with our incoming students, who are our future alumni," Jankowski said. For more information, visit, or call (618) 650-2760.

SIUE Engineering Student Team Places Second In National Competition

4 July 2011, 4:06 pm

With teams from universities across the country, the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) student team from SIUE had plenty of competition in the 2011 Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition, but that did not deter them.

Out of 20 teams, the SIUE IME team ranked second. Winners were announced at the SME's annual RAPID Conference & Exposition held in Minneapolis in May 23-26. SIUE's award-winning design was a customizable ceiling fan with adjustable blades, which allows for multiple air-flow rates as opposed to the standard multiple speeds ceiling fans.

Advised by H. Felix Lee, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, the IME team consisted of undergraduate students Edward Schwartzkopf Jr., Ismail Kuru, Andrew Parcels and Paul Jansen.

Lee, who said he was proud of the team's placing, offered, "It was very competitive, but our team's design project received high scores from the judges. I am very proud of our students and their accomplishment."

Summer ShowBiz 2011 To Present 'The Music Man' July 13-17

1 July 2011, 5:44 pm

Meredith Willson's all-time American musical classic, The Music Man, is next on the bill for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Summer Showbiz 2011, opening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the theater in SIUE's Dunham Hall. With wonderful songs such as Seventy-six Trombones, Gary, Indiana, and Till There Was You, the citizens of River City, Iowa, will encounter a very special salesman-the loveable con-man Professor Harold Hill. The show continues at 7:30 Thursday-Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17.

Opening on Broadway in 1957, Willson's The Music Man won five Tony Awards including Best Musical and ran for 1,375 performances. In 1962, a film adaptation quickly became a hit as well and made Robert Preston a household name.

The story involves Hill as the fast-talking character who travels from small town to small town posing as a boys' band organizer who also happens to sell band instruments and uniforms. Once he has the townsfolks' money, off he scoots. His lucrative life takes a sudden tailspin when he meets his match-the lovely Marian, the local librarian, who sees through his act and is about to expose him when Hill's kindness toward her younger brother causes her to have second thoughts. To make Hill's situation even more complicated, he realizes that he is falling for Marian and she is falling in love with him. Is he willing to be exposed and captured to win her heart? Willson's skills as a songwriter and storyteller have made this 60-year-old hit musical an entertainment mainstay throughout most of the world.

Tickets are $15 for those 18 and older, while all other admissions are $12, including any students with valid student IDs. The SIUE Fine Arts box office, located in Room 1042B Dunham Hall, may be reached by phone, (618)-650-2774, or visit the website:

Each summer, the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance presents Summer Showbiz, a summer fare of two to three theatrical productions. Currently, the summer offering has grown to include Xfest, a four-day festival of experimental theater groups from around the country, and the Cougar Theater Company, the newly formed theater for young audiences, presenting classic folklore, literature, poetry and stories. The department is part of the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.

The photo at right features cast members, from top, Roger Speidel as Professor Harold Hill, Spencer Burbach as little Winthrop, Emily Ottenwein as Mrs. Paroo, and (at right) Margaret French as Marian Paroo, the librarian. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

Four-Star Gen. McNabb Comes To SIUE To Sign Partnership Agreement

1 July 2011, 12:21 pm

Legislators, military officials and key administrators from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will gather at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 7 in the Morris University Center's Meridian Ballroom for the formal signing of an Education Partnership Agreement by SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and four-star Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, commander of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base.

The Education Partnership Agreement paves the way for the expansion and enhancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education efforts at all levels of the education pipeline-from K-12 through undergraduate and graduate levels. It will allow professionals, including scientists and engineers through SIUE's Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach and USTRANSCOM, to work collaboratively to increase STEM outreach initiatives and include a broader audience of Southwestern Illinois educators and students.

"STEM education plays a critical role in the vitality of this nation, as well as in our ability to be globally competitive and responsible," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "Building relationships that assist our region's educators in reaching out to students at all levels-from K-12 through college-is essential to ensuring a better tomorrow for our youth, as well as assisting in building a workforce that can find rewarding, meaningful employment opportunities. This partnership brings us closer to that end."

According to Gen. McNabb, "SIUE is a superb partner, allowing increased opportunity for our young people and educators to positively interact with STEM initiatives."

After the event, students and educators who have worked closely with SIUE's STEM Center and USTRANSCOM will showcase posters and displays that highlight their work. These individuals will be on site to answer questions about their collaborative efforts.

For more information, contact the SIUE STEM Center, (618) 650-3065, or SIUE Marketing & Communications, (618) 650-3653.

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