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Summer ShowBiz 2006 Continues With State Fair On July 13

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

It's part of SIUE's Summer ShowBiz, which for some 25 years has featured blockbuster Broadway hit musicals for summer entertainment, and this year continues that tradition. The annual series is sponsored by the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance.

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

Actually, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II came a little late to State Fair, which began life as a novel by Iowa-born author, Phil Stong, in 1932. A year later, it became a film starring Will Rogers and Janet Gaynor. Coming off their recent success with Oklahoma! and Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein were approached to score a 1945 musical film version of State Fair with Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain in lead roles. Some 15 years later, the film remake of the movie musical starred Pat Boone and Ann-Margret, but in a Texas locale.

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

State Fair follows the Frake family as they attend the Iowa State Fair, each with their own dreams and expectations-Abel wants a blue ribbon for his prize boar, Blue Boy, and his wife, Melissa, has hopes that her mincemeat will win the food competition, while brother and sister, Wayne and Margy, are trying to find new adventures. The SIUE production has lively dance numbers, such as It's a Grand Night for Singing and I-o-way, as well as sweet ballads, including the R&H staple, It Might as Well Be Spring.

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

Click here for a photo of some State Fair cast members.

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SIUE Marketing And Communications Team Wins National Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Marketing and Communications team at SIUE has won a national award for the 2004-2005 Chancellor's Report.
The team received a bronze medal in the Individual Institutional Relations Publications category at the 2006 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards.

"CASE is truly the pre-eminent organization for marketing, communications and development of professionals in the country, so to be recognized by CASE is truly an honor," said Barbara O'Malley, executive director of Marketing and Communications for the University. "I am really proud that our marketing and communications pieces are receiving these national recognition awards because that is what we are trying to do for SIUE," she said

According to Joanne Catlett, the CASE Awards Program director, there were163 entries in the contest but only 16 institutions were awarded; there was one grand gold medal, five other gold medals, five silver and five bronze medals.

"I'd like to thank Heather Kniffel, Beth Giese, and Bill Brinson, members of our team, for their hard work in producing the report," O'Malley said. Kniffel is a manager of Marketing and Communications, Giese is a Marketing and Communications specialist, and Brinson is the campus photographer.

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U.S. Sen. Durbin Secures Funds For SIU

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has acted on two bills containing funding for three SIU projects, according to SIU President Glenn Poshard. The President's office was informed of the news by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

The FY07 appropriations bills for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the legislative branch include funding for the following:

  • An Adventure of the American Mind (AAM) Programs at SIUC and SIUE-$2 million appropriation through the Library of Congress for continuation of teacher training initiatives in Illinois. AAM is a teacher-training initiative that instructs educators in ways to incorporate the Library's digital collections into school curricula. SIU Carbondale and Edwardsville will be among eight other Illinois institutions of higher education in Illinois that will share $2 million in statewide funding for the program.
  • Biotechnology Research, SIU Carbondale-$99,000 for the School of Agriculture to initiate the modernization and expansion of biotech assets to better participate in the St. Louis biotech corridor.
  • Cost Efficient Ethanol Production, SIU Edwardsville-$395,000 for USDA/ARS research at SIUE's National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC). The NCERC, which is fully operational, has the near-term potential to improve the efficiency and decrease the cost of corn conversion for ethanol production.

The three SIU projects were discussed earlier this year during campus and Washington, D.C., meetings held between Durbin and Poshard. "During my discussions with Sen. Durbin, he listened very carefully to the University's interest in pursuing funding for these important programs", Poshard said. "Today, I am pleased to report that Sen. Durbin has successfully acted on our requests by securing funding for two ongoing programs (NCERC and AAM), as well as providing new funding for an SIUC School of Agriculture bio-tech initiative, which will help draw Southern Illinois into the Illinois-Missouri biotech corrido.

"We cannot thank Sen. Durbin enough for his efforts on behalf of SIU," Poshard said. "He has listened and acted on important research and teaching initiatives that will move our region and this University forward."

The two appropriations bills will go before the full Senate for passage.

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Donna Genovese, a secretary IV in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, is recipient of the June Employee Recognition Award. She was nominated for the award by her supervisor, James Klenke, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and dean of students. In addition to an award plaque, Genovese received a $25 gift certificate to the Morris University Center Bookstore, parking privileges near her office for a month, and two complementary University Restaurant lunch coupons. Click here for photo showing Genovese receiving the award, flanked by Klenke and Kenn Neher, vice chancellor for Administration. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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SIUE School of Business Dean, Professor To Serve On International Accreditation Committees

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Gary A. Giamartino, dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business, and Michael L. Costigan, professor of Accounting and chair of that department on campus, recently were named to committees on the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB.)

Giamartino has been named to the pre-accreditation committee, while Costigan has been selected for the accounting accreditation committee. He is one of 15 deans globally who are serving on the committee, which oversees the development of relationships between institutions working toward accreditation and the AACSB.

"I am pleased that this assignment will help in a small way to improve business education around the world," Giamartino said. "The job of serving on the pre-accreditation committee is truly an honor because it will gain recognition for the SIUE School of Business both in North America and the rest of the world."

Costigan is one of the 20 members from around the world overseeing the initial accreditation and reaffirmation of AACSB accounting accreditation processes. The committee ensures the consistency of standards of application and equity of recommendations across teams and programs reviewed.

"I am looking forward to joining this prestigious group of colleagues in this important line of work," said Costigan. "I would hope this gives SIUE and what we're doing for our students more recognition."

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned AACSB accreditation. The school has been AACSB accredited since 1975. This assures that students are receiving the highest quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the education process.

SIUE also is among less than 33 percent of AACSB accredited business schools that hold the accounting accreditation.

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SIUE Student Recognized At International Sculpture Center Award Ceremony

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Christine A. Holtz of Edwardsville, a graduate student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, was among nine sculptors given honorable mention designations recently at the 2006 International Sculpture Center (ISC) awards ceremony.

The Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award ceremony was conducted in Hamilton, N.J.

For their reward, Holtz and the others will be referenced in the Ground for Sculpture's 2006 Fall/Winter Exhibition Catalogue and the October 2006 issue of the ISC's Sculpture Magazine. They also will be referenced on the ISC's award-wining Web site at:

Competition for the award was keen, according to ISC Director Johannah Hutchison. She said only 377 students were nominated from a field of entrants from more than 140 universities, colleges, and art school sculpture programs in six countries.

A panel of judges, made up of art professionals, selected 22 winners and 10 honorable mentions.

The award program was established in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and encourage their continued commitment to the field. It also was designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating institutions.

Holtz is working toward a master of fine arts in the Sculpture Program in the SIUE Department of Art and Design.

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M. Harvey Taylor Dies; Was Instructor Of Educational Leadership

Mennell Harvey Taylor Sr. of Pleasant Grove, Utah, a retired instructor of Educational Leadership, died Sunday, June 18, in Provo, Utah. He was 68. He is survived by his wife, Velma Whetten, of 48 years.

He earned a bachelor's in Anthropology in 1960 at Brigham Young University and a master's in Spanish Languages and Literature and Philosophy of Education, also at BYU, in1963. Taylor did doctoral work in comparative education and Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois. He also did advanced graduate studies at Wayne State University in multi-cultural education and linguistics from 1978-80.

Taylor joined SIUE in 1967 in what was then known as the Education Division. He retired as an instructor of Educational Leadership in the SIUE School of Education in 1998. Before joining SIUE, he was an archaeologist for the Amerind Foundation in Mexico and worked throughout Central and South America as a consultant.

Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Olpin Family Mortuary and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Pleasant Grove (Utah) Stake Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in Goshen City Cemetery.

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School of Pharmacy Drug Information And Wellness Center Has Answers

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A warm breeze sweeps gently through the air on a clear early summer afternoon, gliding through blades of grass and dimpling the waters of a nearby creek. Then it happens: "Ah-choo!"

A runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing: Is it a condition known as allergies, or more technically as allergic rhinitis? Or is it not related to allergies at all? The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy may have the answers.

The symptoms can be similar for people plagued with allergies or a condition known as non-allergic rhinitis, which has nothing to do with allergies at all. They share symptoms in common, but the triggers for each condition are different, said Julie Karpinski, an assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice at the School as well as assistant director of the School's Drug Information and Wellness Center.

Karpinski advises those afflicted with symptoms to try to identify the cause and seek treatment-either over-the-counter treatment or a doctor's care.

The patient's symptoms and triggers will help determine the best treatment, she said. "It's very common. Seek treatment for it because many of these symptoms can be controlled," Karpinski said. "A lot of people don't recognize there's a problem. They get used to sniffling or blowing their noses or sneezing. If they could recognize it, they could possibly get some relief with medications."

Allergies, she said, "are triggered by things like pollen or grasses that are more seasonal. Examples of non-seasonal allergic rhinitis triggers can be dust mites in your home, animal dander, molds or cockroaches."

Non-allergic rhinitis triggers can include certain smells, air pollutants or weather changes, Karpinski said.

She said confusion can occur as to whether a condition is allergic or non-allergic rhinitis when triggers for both conditions are present at the same time. She noted, "Because the changes of seasons will bring out different pollens and different allergens-trees will start pollinating, everything will start to bloom, and the weather will change and there might be more air pollution.

"It can be hard to know."

Allergic rhinitis usually occurs or worsens in spring and fall, Karpinski said, because there is no distinguishable pattern for non-allergic rhinitis-it can happen at any time of the year. Non-seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms that may be triggered by animal dander, for example, are also more consistent throughout the year.

Karpinski said talking to a pharmacist or a physician about appropriate treatment is important, noting antihistamines such as Benadryl are good at treating allergic rhinitis. "Benadryl works really well. It can be very effective, but it can cause drowsiness," she said.

She added that Claritin-which is available over the counter-and Allegra, Zyrtec and other prescription medications also are good at relieving allergic rhinitis symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose and do not generally cause drowsiness. Decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine (also known as Sudafed), address nasal stuffiness and are more useful in combination with the other medications.

Topical nasal sprays-including the prescriptions Nasacort, Flonase, Beconase and Rhinocort-treat sneezing, post-nasal drip, runny nose and nasal congestion. These nasal sprays, also known as nasal corticosteroids, are used to treat both conditions, Karpinski said.

"It's a very common reason to visit the physicians' office," she noted of the symptoms associated with both conditions. "At any time people find these symptoms bother them, they need to realize there are these medications available to treat the symptoms."

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SIUE School Of Nursing Announces Challenge Grant

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing is calling on the community to take the Winston Family Challenge to benefit student nurses from underserved areas.

Sam Winston of Egg Harbor, Wis., has no ties to SIUE other than his belief in the proposed Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP), and the positive impact it can have on students and the patients those student nurses will touch in a lifetime.

Winston's belief has inspired him to present a challenge to donors, during which he will match dollar-for-dollar-up to $20,000-all contributions made to SNAP from now through August 31.

"SNAP will admit top students from disadvantaged communities who dream of becoming a nurse," said Noël Schiber, director of development for the SIUE School of Nursing. "This program will offer students tutoring, nursing faculty mentors, summer immersion experiences and guidance on developing study skills and making financial decisions, among other interventions.

"Our goal is to provide these students the tools to complete a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), and to help students make good life decisions that will enhance their whole educational experience."

Starting this fall, 15 top high school graduates from underachieving school districts will be admitted during the pilot year of SNAP. In addition to raising funds for this year, the eventual goal is to secure funding needed to launch the program full scale, with 30 new students admitted annually.

SIUE Nursing Dean Marcia Mauer conceived SNAP in her role as a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow, of which she is one of only a few nursing professionals selected nationally. Lorraine Williams, a longtime resident and community leader in East St. Louis, will serve as SNAP director.

SNAP was developed with the guidance of nursing student focus groups and the advisory board of the University's East St. Louis Learning Center. It is a five-year BSN program. Students will receive two years of freshman coursework at the SIUE East St. Louis Learning Center to help them confidently problem-solve, write, and communicate in nursing courses.

Each student also will work with other students and a non-nursing faculty mentor to discuss money management, personal problems and study skills, and ways to appropriately and effectively address those issues. Upon meeting standard requirements, students will be admitted to the School of Nursing and helped with transition into the mainstream nursing course work.

Upon earning a BSN, SNAP students will return to their underserved communities to provide quality nursing care and fill nursing vacancies that have severely reduced health services in these communities.

To learn more about the program or to make a donation, call Schiber, (618) 650-3906.

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Interest In SIUE Soars as More Than 6,000 Apply

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Interest in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is at an all-time high, with the fall freshman class at capacity after more than 6,000 high school students applied for admission. This represents 10 percent more freshman applications than were received last year. No more freshman applications are being accepted for fall semester.

Meanwhile, transfer students have until July 21 to apply for fall semester and the Office of Admissions office still is accepting those applications.

According to Todd Burrell, SIUE admissions director, enrollment must be closely monitored so that the University can continue to provide a quality education with current resources. "At some point we had to say no to additional freshmen so that our faculty and staff can provide an environment for our students that meets our mission, vision and goals," Burrell said. The University prides itself on its low student-faculty ratio of 17:1.

"Our small class size is one of the reasons that we are so popular," Burrell said. "It's tough for me to tell a parent that there's no room for their freshman, and I know it might be frustrating. But as we continue to experience unprecedented growth, an excitement has been growing about our campus."

In addition, on-campus housing is filled to capacity for the fall, but University Housing officials are appealing to the community to help nearly 200 students now on a waiting list. Potential landlords are encouraged to call (618) 650-3931 to have their rental properties listed on the University Housing Web site.

To those students who have applied and indicated intent to enroll at the University, but who cannot be accommodated for fall, Burrell has suggested "transitioning" to spring semester. "We're trying to make it as easy for those students as possible," Burrell said. "If they can wait until spring semester, I'm offering the second-semester transition as a way to have them attend SIUE without reapplying."

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SIUE Student Wins Gilman Scholarship To West Africa

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "Travel and see" goes the adage, but for Ian Williams, a junior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Dakar, Senegal, offers more. It gives him the opportunity to acquire knowledge as well.

Williams, who is the first SIUE student ever to receive the $5,000 Gilman Scholarship Award, said winning the award is a dream come true. "It is a wonderful thing," Williams said. "It is wonderful that the U.S. State Department is supporting the Study Abroad Program.

"I am excited; it is a big investment in me."

With majors in political science and French, Williams will study French and the Wolof-a West African dialect, as well as international conflict resolution. His course of study will take place Aug. 20-Dec 17.

Competition for the scholarship is very keen. According to the Gilman Web site, 1,007 applications were received for Academic Year 2006-07, while there were only 389 awards available. Scholarship applicants hoping to participate in the study abroad programs worldwide must be Federal Pell Grant recipients attending a two-year or four-year college or university.

Williams said he is looking forward to his trip and hopes to learn from his experience. He added, "Travel is my passion, it enriches my life and improves me as a person."

He is leaving early to visit Mauritania, Mali, and parts of the Western Sahara into Senegal. He hopes to work with the State Department in diplomacy, with the Foreign Service, or the United Nations.

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SIUE Student From Bloomington Wins WSJ Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Molly Anderson, of Bloomington, a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been honored with the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. Anderson earned a bachelor of science in business administration with a specialization in marketing from the SIUE School of Business.

The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award is a collaborative effort between the Journal and participating institutions to honor exceptional students. Each participating college or university may nominate one student every year. At SIUE, departments in the School of Business were asked to submit names of outstanding students to the dean of the School, who then selected the winner from among those nominated.

School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino said, "The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award is recognized by our faculty and students as representing outstanding student accomplishments. Molly's future is bright and we expect her to continue to be a leader in her profession and in her community."

Anderson has received numerous honors throughout her college career. For example, she was named student laureate in the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, an honor only 48 students received in the state of Illinois. "It's a great feeling to be recognized for your hard work and accomplishments at your university," Anderson said.

In addition, Anderson has been on the Dean's List, received the American Marketing Association Student Organization Scholarship, the Darrell Lee Davidson Honors Award in Marketing and the Undergraduate Award in International Marketing. She served as president of the American Marketing Association student organization at SIUE, and was a member of the School's ELITE Student Organization (Emerging Leaders Influencing Things Everywhere).She currently is an associate at Nies/Artcraft, a consolidated graphics company in St. Louis.

The Wall Street Journal presented Anderson with a complete student award package including a commemorative award medallion made of sculpted brass and embedded in a Lucite paperweight; a one-year subscription to the Journal; a congratulatory letter; and a published listing of Anderson's name in a full-page announcement in the national newspaper.

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The SIUE School of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1975. This assures that students receive the highest quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the education process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

Click here for a photo of Ms. Anderson suitable for print-in the photo, School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino presents the award to Ms. Anderson

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SIUE East St. Louis Center, KDACH To Present Tributes To Katherine Dunham

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two events paying tribute to the late Katherine Dunham-legendary anthropologist, dancer, and choreographer-will be sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center on June 25 and by the Katherine Dunham Center for Arts and Humanities (KDCAH) on June 22, both in East St. Louis, one of the cities Miss Dunham considered her "spiritual home."

Miss Dunham came to the region in 1964 as a choreographer when she was invited to choreograph a student production at SIU Carbondale. 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 from the University in 1982.

Miss Dunham created a unique referred to as Dunham Technique, known the world over as a synthesis of African, modern, ballet and Haitian dance.

The KDCAH event- Katherine Dunham (1909-2006): A Familial Memorial Celebration-is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in the gymnasium of Lincoln Middle School, 12 S. 10 th St. at Broadway Avenue. Lincoln School is several blocks from 532 N. 10 th St., now Katherine Dunham Place, a home Miss Dunham maintained until her death on May 21 in New York City.

The free event June 22, which will include representatives from the SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts, will honor Miss Dunham's enormous contributions to dance, cultural arts, education, scholarship, activism, pan-Africanism, literature, and humanitarian causes, including her 47-day fast in 1992-"of conscience and compassion"-on behalf of the Haitian "boat people."

Miss Dunham's enduring connection to East St. Louis also will be highlighted, including establishment of the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts (KDCPA) in 1967, while serving as artist-in-residence at SIUE's East St. Louis Center.

The event will include an invocation by a 97-member drum ensemble and dance by certified teachers of Dunham Technique. Readings of proclamations and telegrams from global dignitaries and organizations, testimonials from Dunham protégés and devotees, poetic recitations and film clips of her life, photo exhibits, and musical selections also will be part of the East St. Louis program. East St. Louis Mayor Carl Officer and Illinois Rep. Wyvetter Younge are among scheduled speakers.

A memorial service for Katherine Dunham-sponsored by the SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center, KDCPA Alumni and the East St. Louis Katherine Dunham Certification Board-is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Stites Community Center, 500 Washington St., Brooklyn. The board certifies dancers in Dunham Technique.

The June 25 event will feature examples of Miss Dunham's original choreography reconstructed by Theodore H. Jamison and Ruby Streate, both protégés of the late Miss Dunham. Jamison is program director of the SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts, while Miss Streate, a certified master instructor in Dunham Technique, was a student, instructor and performer at the former KDCPA.

A University of Chicago-trained anthropologist, who was reared in Glen Ellyn and Joliet, Miss Dunham wrote scholarly and creative works (from Dan ces of Haiti to Kasamance), appeared in nine films (including Stormy Weather and Casbah), and was once described as having one of the "best sets of legs" in the world. (They were insured for $250,000.)

Miss Dunham's last public appearance in Metro East was in October when she gave the closing address of the weeklong " Drumvoices Festival of Black Arts," held in her namesake hall at SIUE and in selected Metro East locations.

Eugene B. Redmond, poet laureate of East St. Louis and professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE, as well as a personal friend to Miss Dunham and a member of the KDCAH board, is chairing the memorial committee for the June 22 event.

For more information about the June 22 memorial, contact Eugene B. Redmond, (618) 650-3991, or by e-mail: For more information about the June 25 memorial, call Theo Jamison, (618) 482-6932.

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SIUE SummerArts Workshops Continue To Serve Area Youth

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Space still is available for upcoming sessions of the SummerArts Workshops for Youth offered by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design.

Programs are available for children in primary grades through high school and are taught by experienced expert staff in University facilities usually available only to SIUE art students. These workshops provide one-on-one mentoring, use of professional art equipment as well as high-quality and "unusual" supplies.

The program schedules allows for sustained creative work and accomplishment generally unavailable in school programs. The resources of the SIUE Department of Art and Design are made available to workshop participants appropriate to their area of interest and study.

For further information about the workshops, please call the Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3183 or visit the Web site: or call Darlene Darby, (618) 650-3183. Enrollment is limited.

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SIUE Pursues Partnership With Soochow University In China

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is pursuing an educational partnership with Soochow University in Suzhou, China, which would encourage the exchange of faculty and students, as well as a research collaboration between the two institutions.

A delegation of 17 SIUE educators and administrators, including School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kent Neely, along with a group of faculty and students, visited China last month. The SIUE group toured areas of Shanghai, Suzhou, and Xiamen, meeting representatives from businesses and universities, as well as governmental trade specialists.

Tom Douglas, assistant professor of Management and Marketing in the SIUE School of Business, said the School looks forward to an enduring relationship. "By establishing a relationship with China, we can provide the international experience today's business students need to succeed in a global business environment," Douglas pointed out.

"Many U.S. companies, including several based in St. Louis, have offices in China."

According to Giamartino, the highlight of the trip was a meeting with Xia Dongming, Soochow's vice president, and Michael Barbalas, a member of Soochow's Board and also general manager of Andrew Telecommunications Co. Ltd. in China. Giamartino said development continues in China and that China's influence around the world is growing exponentially. "A partnership with Soochow University would greatly enhance SIUE's international programs," he said.

Douglas said students from Soochow University hosted a social event for the SIUE group that included a cultural exhibit, "The Masters of the Nets," including short plays and musicians. "The Soochow students' hospitality was outstanding as they were eager to show our students and faculty their city."

Established in 1900, Soochow University has an enrollment of nearly 40,000 students on six campuses. More than 80 colleges and universities around the world actively participate in international exchange relationships with the university.

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Enterprise Foundation Funds Incentive Program For Business School Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation has funded an incentive program created by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business that will recognize students who are active in School of Business student organizations. The program also provides students opportunities to interact with executives of a major area corporation.

School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino said students who participate in student organizations while at college increase their chances of landing meaningful employment. "The leadership skills obtained, the ability to work with others, and the social skills honed, while participating in a student organization, give students an edge in the job market," Giamartino said.

Lee Lewis Jr., community relations manager for the Enterprise Foundation, recently visited SIUE to present his company's gift of $5,000 in support of this new initiative, and to express his enthusiasm in Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation's investment in the School's students.

Dean Giamartino said he is pleased with this new collaboration, "Our partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation will be a tremendous asset as we develop outstanding student leaders through challenging and fun co-curricular activities in the SIUE School of Business." Since 1998, the Foundation has actively participated in the University's internship and co-op programs, with more than 50 students placed.

Through a competitive selection process, a $2,500 stipend will be awarded to the outstanding student organization for the year. In addition, an individual student within the organizations will be recognized each month with a $50 stipend and plaque. A recognition program will be held at the end of the academic year to honor all student participants and to provide the opportunity for students to network with Enterprise Rent-A-Car executives.

The SIUE School of Business offers students in four academic departments (Accounting; Computer Management Information Systems; Economics & Finance; Management & Marketing) the opportunity to participate in 15 student organizations. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Student Award will acknowledge and honor the work and dedication of student participants in these student organizations.

The School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from AACSB. The SIUE School of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1975. This assures that students are receiving the highest quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the education process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

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SIUE Institute For Urban Research Assisting Edwardsville Public

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Institute for Urban Research (IUR) is assisting Edwardsville Public Library in conducting a "citizen's survey" to determine what more the library can do for the community. The survey is being conducted in conjunction with the library's centennial celebration ongoing during 2006.

As one of the oldest public libraries in Illinois, the Edwardsville facility last conducted such a survey some 20 years ago.

Library Board President Arnold Franke said the initial survey gave the board valuable feedback that has served the institution well. "That survey from the 1980s helped with our long-term planning and shaped the facility and services we provide today," Franke said. "As we look to our second century, the strategic planning process continues and we believe that it is time to conduct a new survey.

Franke said the survey will ask key questions, such as "How are we doing?" "What do you need from us?" "How can our next 100 years be as bright as the past 100?"

"The Library Board is pleased to have the SIUE Institute for Urban Research work with our staff in assessing the Edwardsville Library's efforts in meeting the needs of library patrons in the community, as well as assisting the Board in setting policy and direction for the future."

The IUR will contact current library cardholders by mail with a questionnaire that will take about 10-15 minutes to complete, Franke explained. "Patrons using the library's computer facilities will also be interviewed while they are at the library, and members of the general public, who do not currently have library cards, will be interviewed."

Deanne Holshouser, librarian-director, said the survey feedback will help in strategic planning. "Finding out how and why people use (or do not use) the library is an important part of the

research necessary to assess how we can improve and refine library collections, services, and our facility," Holshouser said.

"SIUE researchers also plan to conduct a focus group," she said. "Participants will be selected randomly from library patrons who will be asked to submit survey responses to further discuss library strategic planning."

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SIUE Small Business Development Center To Host Insurance Workshop

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Different types of insurances and levels of coverage for small businesses will be the topic for a workshop hosted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center.

The workshop will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Breadeaux Pizza, 105 S. Jefferson St., Millstadt.

Insurance professionals from Eccher and Associates Insurance Agency Inc. will lead the talk on how small business owners can protect their interests through insurance options tailored to meet their specific needs.

Workshop registration is $15. Those interested are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. For more information, contact Jane Bagnet: (618) 650-2929, or by e-mail:

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Summer Asthma Adventure Camp

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) For area children, asthma does not have to mean missing out on fun summer activities. The American Lung Association of Illinois will be hosting its annual Asthma Adventure Camp: A camp for children with asthma at two sites this year.

The first opportunity for campers will be at the YMCA-Camp Duncan, in Northern Illinois, near Fox Lake, from Sunday through Friday, July 9-14. The second opportunity will be at the Lake Williamson Conference and Retreat Center in Carlinville, from Saturday through Monday, Sept. 2-4.

Campers will participate in scheduled activities, such as hiking, swimming, basketball, rock climbing and evening events. Attendees will participate in asthma education programs organized by a trained medical team.

Interested children must be between ages seven and 12. They must be diagnosed with asthma and must be on daily asthma medications. Campers must reside in Illinois, outside of Cook County. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, Aug. 1, for September programs.

A medical infirmary with a complete medical team and trained counselors will be on site. Nurses and respiratory therapists currently are being recruited for the medical team.

For camping information or to learn more about the program, contact Linda, (800) 788-5864, or visit the Web site:

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Mexican Consulate Representatives Assist Area Immigrants

Representatives from the Mexican Consulate with El Consulado Mòvil (Mobile Consulate):
Undocumented Mexican citizens may obtain necessary documentation.

  • Who: Representatives from the Mexican Consulate's Indianapolis Office
  • What: Assistance in obtaining official identification papers
  • When: Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16
  • Where: Holy Rosary School, 2727 N. 43rd St., Fairmont City, IL 62201

Representatives with the Consulate are visiting the area for the weekend to conduct a Consulado Mòvil at Holy Rosary. The Consulado Mòvil travels throughout the United States to help record the Mexican population and provide those from Mexico with matriculas, or identification papers. Passports also may be issued at the Consulado Mòvil.

Last year, more than 1,000 Mexican citizens showed proof of foreign citizenship-including Mexican birth certificates, marriage licenses or military papers-and proof of Illinois residence-such as electric bills or vehicle stickers-in order to obtain a federal Mexican identification card, similar to a U.S. passport.

The documentation provided through the Consulate may be used by Mexican citizens for a variety of purposes, such as opening bank accounts or enrolling in schools in the United States

Those interested in gaining appropriate paperwork through the Consulate must pre-register. To pre-register, or with questions, call Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt, with SIUE's Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-3472.

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SIUE Faculty Paper Recognized As Best International for 2006

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A research paper written by Manu Gupta, an assistant professor of economics and finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has received international recognition.

Creditor Rights, Short Maturity Debt, and the Incentive to Manage Earnings won designation as the Eastern Finance Association's Best International Paper for 2006.

The Eastern Finance Association is comprised of educators from colleges and universities.

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School of Nursing Sponsors News Conference For Hospital Group's Announcement

At a news conference yesterday, sponsored on campus by the SIUE School of Nursing, representatives of five Southwestern Illinois hospitals announced they are joining a consortium of St. Louis hospitals in St. Louis in "extensively restricting the use of tobacco products on their hospital campuses and in hospital facilities," effective Sept. 1. The five institutions are members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Hospital Council.

The collaborative announcement-made on World No Tobacco Day by representatives from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Alton Memorial Hospital, Anderson Hospital in Maryville, St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton and Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville-states the Illinois hospital group is voluntarily joining the restriction that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has imposed on that state's health institutions. Although there are rules banning smoking inside health care facilitiies, Illinois currently does not have a ban on smoking on hospital grounds.

"As leaders in the health care community, it is incumbent upon us to proactively encourage a tobacco-free environment among our employees, patients and visitors in recognition of the obvious health threats posed by smoking and the use of tobacco," said Tim Brady, administrator of St. Elizabeth's.

In addition to the new restrictions, administrators announced they also will implement quit-smoking programs, while adding new signs to prohibit smoking.

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No Smoking: Administrators from five Southwestern Illinois hospitals listen while Carolyn Grear, regional vice president of the American Cancer Society in Illinois, addresses the media about the benefits of a proposed no-smoking ban. The administrators are (from left): Ron McMullen, president of Alton Memorial Hospital; William Kessler, president and CEO of St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton; Keith Page, president and CEO of Anderson Hospital in Maryville; Darrell Eickhoff, COO of Touchette Regional Hospital; and Tim Brady, administrator of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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