(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) In 1999, four accomplished musicians came together to form a unique musical group called Bones Apart, a British, all-female trombone ensemble. The four women will bring their artistry to the SummerArts Concerts series Monday, June 16, on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as part of the SummerArts 2003 program.
The group was formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. When asked about the origin of their name, Becky Smith explained: "Well … 'bones' because of the trombones and … 'apart' because, as all girls, we're different from the rest."
Smith, along with fellow members Carol Jarvis, Becca Harper, and Lorna McDonald, have won more contests than can be named here, and each of them is an accomplished artist in several instruments. So, why a trombone quartet? "We got put together as a quartet at college and it worked so well we don't think we need any other instruments," Smith explained.
After performing professionally throughout the U.K., the quartet had its debut in the United States in Texas at the International Trombone Festival last summer. Currently, the group is performing in the Midwest. The four women are scheduled to begin a national tour in this country in November.
When asked if the group has noticed any differences between U.S. audiences and those back home, Smith said: "The U.S. audiences we have played to so far have been fantastic; they are more responsive and less reserved then U.K. ones. They even laugh at our jokes."
In addition to concert performances, the group also educates young musicians through an in-school program. One quote by a headmaster says it all: "Bones Apart Trombone Quartet held the audience of 200, seven-to-13- year-olds spellbound for the entire hour of their excellent performance."
The Bones Apart concert is the third program in SIUE's SummerArts Concert Series presented by the Department of Music. The June 9 concert will feature Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" and on June 13, The LeClaire Trio, with guest Peter Chun, will play selections from Beethoven and Brahms.
All concerts are free and will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the John C. Abbott Auditorium of SIUE's Lovejoy Library.
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(EDWARDSVILLE) Five Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students found out what the "real world" was like by running a fictitious business. The team took second place of 36 teams entered in an international business strategy competition.
The International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition pits teams of five students won run a computer-simulated business. The SIUE team included Deanna Bock (Edwardsville), Lesley Carr (Greenville), Jennifer Ford (Maryville), Gena Kruger (Harrisburg), and Matthew Wambold (Mascoutah).
Beginning in February, the teams made decisions regarding production, pricing and marketing of their product, as well as planning and investment decisions. The competition culminated in April with a trip to San Diego, where presentations were made to judges. Final ranking depended on the judges' evaluation of the presentations, and the financial performance of the company.
Bock was CEO for the team. "The competition really tied together everything we had learned," she said. "It showed us how everything works together in order for a business to succeed."
"The competition gave students practical experience in business management," said Joe Michlitsch, associate professor of management at SIUE. "It gave them a chance to apply what they learned in the classroom."
Michlitsch said the competition served as an assessment of the students'—all seniors—education. "The competition is very similar to a capstone course that requires students to pull together what they've learned in the School of Business and run an organization. You can't fake this. Within the competition, there are real consequences to every decision. Each decision has an impact on the financial bottom line that the judges see."
Wambold, who was responsible for strategic planning, said it was interesting to see the effects of the team's decisions. "In the simulation, you make decisions, then see how they play out," he said. "You can't just make a snap judgment. You have to evaluate each situation and measure it against your plan for the business."
"We were disappointed that we didn't win the competition," Bock said. "We were actually ahead at one time, but the winning team had a little better financial performance."
Still, both said they would recommend the competition to anyone. "It's a great experience," Wambold said. "It really brings together what you learn in the School of Business and you see how Economics, Finance and Marketing all fit together."
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) hink you know the Cinderella story? All that wicked stepmother, good versus evil, and a helping of Disney thrown in, right? Forget it. You’re only scratching the surface.
The story of Cinderella has been around for hundreds of years and takes many forms in many cultures. In fact, there are at least 12 versions of the story in English alone, and there’s even a version that originates in Iraq. It has endured and spread throughout cultures because of its common themes of loss, perseverance and ultimately success.
Gloria Reading wants to take six versions of the story to teachers in Third World countries, where books in the classroom typically are rare. The teachers would use the books to teach reading, writing, social studies and character education.
But here begins a potential Cinderella story about Cinderella stories. Reading needs $25,000 to make the project happen. “Cinderella started out in rags and that’s where we are right now,” said Reading, an assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction.
“Books are in great need in the classrooms of Third-World countries,” she said. “The countries are poor. The schools have limited funds, and the idea of books as teaching and learning tools has often not been effectively integrated into the schools.
“For example, in Uganda, the government provides books for only four subjects: language, social studies, math and science. It’s not unusual to find four or more students sharing the same book. The books are kept on shelves and passed out as they are needed.
“So, the idea of using literature to teach reading and writing is not part of the curriculum. Also, incorporating stories like this that demonstrate the idea of perseverance and preparedness and developing one's self through the study of literature is very much atypical.”
Reading wants to provide copies of six of the Cinderella stories to 50 teachers, and calculates that books and other materials work out to about $503 per teacher. She will present the project at the Pan-African Conference on Reading for All in Uganda this August.
Wings of Hope, the largest international volunteer charity in the Midwest, has agreed to ship the books at no charge. Founded in 1962, the organization is located at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Mo., and over the past 41 years has sent 140 aircraft into 38 countries assisting the poor.
“We’ve appealed to several charitable foundations and organizations,” Reading said. “They all think it’s a great project but with the economy down, this is a difficult time to ask for donations. I’m so thankful that Wings of Hope has volunteered to help us. Transporting the books is a major expense.”
One of the themes of the Cinderella stories is the unexpected intervening force that helps change an unsatisfactory situation into an opportunity. Just like Cinderella, Reading is seeking an intervener for the project. Needed: One Fairy Godmother.
“The essential theme of this project is to help teachers become the intervening force that brings new opportunity to their students,” she said. “Teachers are change agents in the classroom. Students’ success depends on teachers’ ability to engage and excite children and encourage them to learn.”
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Boyd Bradshaw, director of admissions at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville since 1999, has been named assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management at the university. He has been serving as acting assistant vice chancellor since last fall.
In his new position, Bradshaw is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and administering an effective enrollment management program, with responsibility for the Office of Admissions, Academic Marketing and Mailing, Student Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar and Service Center, and the SIUE Career Development Center.
Bradshaw previously had been an assistant director of Admissions at St. Louis University before joining the SIUE staff. He also had been an admissions counselor at Eastern Illinois University, where he had received a bachelor of science in business administration in 1993. He also earned a master of science in Education at EIU, with a specialty in college student personnel. He currently is studying for a doctorate in education at SLU.
Bradshaw recently was named president-elect of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). He also has been active with the National ACAC. Other professional activities include secretary of the Illinois ACT Council and membership on that Council's Executive Committee.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Dr. Ann M. Boyle, formerly associate dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine at Alton, has been named dean of the school effective July 1, according to SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs.
"Dr. Boyle brings nearly 20 years of faculty and administrative experience at Fairleigh Dickinson and Case Western Reserve universities to the position," Hahs said. "We look forward to her assuming her permanent duties."
Dr. Boyle was named acting dean last year after Dr. Patrick F. Ferrillo Jr. accepted the position of dean at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. At the time of his departure, Ferrillo had served as dean of the SIU dental school for 16 years.
Boyle joined the SIU/SDM in 1995, serving as associate dean since her arrival. She came to SIUE from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in Cleveland, where she had served as Chair of the Restorative Department and then as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Prior to her service at Case Western, Boyle was a faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University College of Dental Medicine in New Jersey, serving as the Restorative Department Chair during her final two years there. While in Ohio and New Jersey, she participated in extramural private dental practice in addition to her faculty responsibilities.
Boyle has received several awards for excellence in teaching, published book chapters, research articles and abstracts, and has conducted continuing education courses and presentations throughout the country on dental education issues.
She has served on the American Dental Association (ADA) Test Construction Committee for National Dental Board Examinations and is a consultant for the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a member of many professional organizations including the ADA, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the American Dental Education Association, and the American and International Associations for Dental Research.
Boyle earned a bachelor's at Case Western in 1971, a doctorate in dental medicine at Fairleigh Dickinson in 1975, and a General Practice Residency Certificate at Hackensack Hospital in 1976. She also received a master's in Educational Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson and a Certificate of Management at Harvard.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) By day, Brad Hofeditz works on credit articulation in the Office of Records at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. But, by night, he's musical director for the Summer ShowBiz production of Fiddler on the Roof.
The hit Broadway musical runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 10-12 and 17-19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13 and 20, all in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.
Hofeditz, an Edwardsville native, is no stranger to the Summer Showbiz stage. This will be his 14th show at SIUE of the 160 he has been part of throughout the St. Louis area since receiving a music degree from Milliken University.
Since that time, he has been a junior high music teacher, directed the Edwardsville Junior Theater for 16 years, worked as musical director for Stages in Kirkwood, Mo., and performed in musicals at nearly every community theater in the region.
Fifteen years ago, "I decided I needed to have 'a human being' job so I came out here to see what they had," Hofeditz explained. "I started in (the) graduation (office)." And, he's happily been in the SIUE Office of Admissions and Records ever since.
But, for two long weekends in July, he will happily spend his time in a "barn." The orchestra he will be conducting for Fiddler will be onstage rather than in an orchestra pit, hidden in a barn, which will be part of the musical's stage set. "We'll be behind the scenery so I can see the cast, but the audience won't be able to see me," Hofeditz said.
Fiddler has a cast of 60 "and almost everybody has a singing role," according to Hofeditz. It's a large cast and a larger than usual orchestra as well with a mix of SIUE student musicians and people from communities on both sides of the Mississippi River.
Hofeditz noted an interesting "family coincidence" in his orchestra. Steve Boland, a percussionist, is the son of Jerry Boland who will be percussionist for the Fiddler on the Roof production at the Muny this summer in St. Louis.
To date, Hofeditz has done 94 different musicals. His goal is to do 100.
Summer Showbiz is presented by the Department of Theater and Dance, as part of SIUE’s SummerArts 2003 program at SIUE. For ticket information, call (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.
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(EDWARDSVILLE) Rachel Komeshak filled out the paperwork for three scholarships, hoping to get at least one. She was awarded all three.
Komeshak, a senior mass communications major at SIUE, is assistant news director at WSIE-FM, the university's radio station, and a part-time employee at KMOX in St. Louis. In February, she was chosen as the recipient of Bob Hardy Scholarship. The scholarship, named for long-time KMOX broadcaster Bob Hardy, is awarded by vote of the Mass Communications faculty. Two months later, Komeshak was named one of four recipients of Illinois News Broadcasters Association scholarships. In May, she received the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Scholarship from the Journalism Foundation of Metropolitan St. Louis.
"I sent in all the (scholarship) applications at the same time," she said. "I was hoping to get one of them. Getting all three was a huge surprise, but it's a big help."
Komeshak says she's always been interested in English and writing, and came to SIUE to major in print journalism. But, after sampling audio production in one of her courses, she began thinking more about radio.
"I got the chance to work at WSIE and really liked it," she said. "I like the activity of a radio station."
Having grown up listening to KMOX, she drew a step closer to her "ultimate" job about a year ago, when she took a part-time job at the station. She would like to work there after she graduates in December.
"I hope to stay on at KMOX at least as a part-timer and grab as many hours as I can," Komeshak said. "Working full-time at KMOX would be my ultimate job, but in the greater scheme I just want to make myself as employable as possible."
Komeshak is a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese and now lives in Highland.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville International Trade Center, along with Bradley University and United Parcel Service, will sponsor two seminars-Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 5-6-for companies having problems understanding NAFTA's Certificate of Origin (CO) and Rules of Origin.
The seminars are scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday (Level I) and from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, both in the Maple-Dogwood Room on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.
John Kolmer, NAFTA trade specialist for the International Trade Center/NAFTA Opportunity Center at Bradley, will conduct the seminars. Kolmer coordinates a program of counseling and training for current and future exporters to Canada and Mexico.
Some of the topics to be discussed in this seminar are:
Silvia Torres, director of SIUE's International Trade Center, said the seminar is helpful in keeping up with any changes in NAFTA regulations. “Even if a company’s freight forwarder is filling out the CO for them, that company still is directly responsible for the information declared and the proper record-keeping requirements needed to back up their declarations,” Torres explained.
"U.S. Customs has shifted the burden to the exporter of record, not a company's freight forwarder or customs broker," she said. "It is in the company's best interest to at least review the CO prior to sending their NAFTA customer a copy."
For more information about the seminar, contact the SIUE International Trade Center, (618) 650-2452, or Bradley University, (309) 677-3075. The fee for the Level I seminar is $60; Level II, $40. Each seminar includes a NAFTA handbook, free parking and refreshments.
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(EDWARDSVILLE) Jeff Jones, who comes to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with more than 10 years of fund raising, corporate relations and corporate sponsorship experience, has been named the university’s first director of corporate and foundation relations. Jones will be responsible for gaining support from corporations and foundations.
"It’s an exciting opportunity," said Jones, who arrived at SIUE after three years at Webster University in St. Louis. "(Being the first corporate relations director) is a great opportunity to do something positive for SIUE."
Jones was development officer for corporate relations at Webster after serving a similar role for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was responsible for communications and corporate sponsorships at the National Senior Games Association (Senior Olympics).
He received a BA in Psychology from Butler University, and a Master’s in Marketing from Webster.
"Development is relatively new here at SIUE," he said. "It will take some time to get to know the goals and aspirations of the university and match them with the goals of private companies. But, there are a lot of opportunities for partnerships and SIUE is a tremendous supplier of employees for many companies in the region."
Jones, his wife, Regina Jones, and their son live in Webster Groves, Mo.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nobel Prize-winner Derek Walcott, the late Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, and Grand Slam Poetry Champion Tracie Morris are among 200 contributors featured in the 10th Anniversary Anthology of Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal co-published by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of English Language and Literature and the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club.
Founded in 1991 by SIUE Professor Redmond-with the assistance of Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Brooks, Katherine Dunham, Gary Soto, Quincy Troupe, August Wilson, among others, the 10th anniversary edition is now available through the SIUE English department.
The anniversary edition, culled from contributions from its previously published editions, represents a broad slice of generations, cultures, languages, and stylistic temperaments, says Professor Redmond, editor of the journal. "Drumvoices Revue is guided by the spirit of the late Henry Dumas, who died tragically in 1968, and who was a multi-genre genius and writers club patron saint," Redmond said. "His work also is included in this anniversary issue."
Among other contributors to the anthology are Michael Datcher of the Los Angeles World Stage, whose book, Raising Fences, recently was featured on NBC-TV's Book Club and on Oprah; Naomi Long Madgett, poet laureate of Detroit; Sonia Sanchez, National Book Award nominee; Rohan B. Preston, theatre critic for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Janice Mirikitani, former poet laureate of San Francisco; Lindiwe Mabuza, South African Ambassador to France; and St. Louisan Jabari Asim, senior editor of Book World at The Washington Post.
St. Louis-East St. Louis area contributors include River Styx co-founder Michael Castro; Drumvoices Associate Editor Darlene Roy; SIUE English Professor Allison Funk; former Washington University Poet-in-Residence Donald Finkel; poet-parent coordinator (for East St. Louis Schools) Sherman Fowler; and St. Louis American feature writer Marcus "Ma'at" Atkins.
The anniversary anthology, priced at $10, may be ordered by postal mail: Drumvoices Revue, English Dept., SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431; or by writing: EBR Writers Club, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202-6165. For more information, call (618) 650-3991.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Summer Showbiz 2003 production of Fiddler on the Roof will have an extra bit of realism both in the stage and on it.
The lead actors playing Tevye and wife, Golda, are Janet and John Strzelec, husband and wife of 22 years. When asked about working with her husband on stage, Janet realistically said with a laugh: "For me there probably won't be any real acting. I'll just be nagging as usual."
Associate Professor Peter Cocuzza, director for the show, said: "They are wonderful together, an example of a more seasoned cast than we've had in other Summer ShowBiz productions. There's a good mix of ages and experience," he added. The 40-member cast has an age range from 10 to 53, with two SIUE staff members and two faculty members included.
"The show itself will be a traditional production," Cocuzza said. But until now, the "typical" set design for this musical wasn't typical for the SIUE stage. What was needed was a revolving stage. Now, thanks to the efforts of Assistant Professor Jim Dorethy, set designer for the production, the show has a revolve, enabling more flexibility and realism.
The new stage is 28 feet in diameter designed like a donut, according to the set designer. "The center stays in place while a 5-foot walkway revolves," Dorethy explained. "It's designed in 36 separate segments, each on casters and bolted together, like slices of a pie."
The stage is powered by a three-horsepower motor. "It runs like a big treadmill, only it's circular," Dorethy said. The set also is designed for mobility; to be taken down and re-assembled when needed. "We may use it for the second production next year in the Experimental (James F. Metcalf) Theater," Dorethy said.
And how long did it take to create? "It took about a week to design it and we've been building it here with about a dozen people, some students from the High School Internship class, some from the summer tech class, faculty, and some volunteers," he said.
Fiddler on the Roof is part of SIUE's SummerArts 2003 program, and is being produced by the Department of Theater and Dance. Fiddler runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 10-12 and 17-19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13 and 20, all on the mainstage in Katherine Dunham Hall.
For more information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774; or visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/THEATER.
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