(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The conventional wisdom among those who live along the Atlantic or Gulf coasts is that the National Weather Service does a fair job of identifying hurricanes when they develop. But the same meteorologists aren't very good at predicting in what direction a powerful storm might travel.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Emeritus Physics Professor Ik-Ju Kang might be able to help.
Kang recently patented a mathematical formula for calculating the direction of a hurricane and he's hoping to develop software to market to meteorologists. "Although the National Weather Service has all the latest computer software that can project hurricanes, they really don't have a clear picture of how these storms move," Kang said.
Kang, who began his career in Seoul, Korea, as a meteorologist, said he has studied hurricanes as a "wave packet" and has developed mathematical formulas to predict the path hurricanes travel. "A hurricane is a collection of various wind currents," he explained. "However, if you look at the various components, they combine to make up what I call a 'wave packet,' Once you do that, you then have to develop a way to look at how this 'packet' moves."
The U.S. Patent Office awarded Kang his patent earlier this year. The patent abstract reads: "A method of predicting the future path of a hurricane using a wave model, isothermal or isobaric lines, and current hurricane direction." Isothermal and isobaric lines on a weather map indicate temperature and barometric readings, respectively.
Using the laws of reflection and refraction, Kang said he can not only determine how each wave pattern moves, but also how it moves as a packet. "These wave patterns within the hurricane react to surfaces much like light reflects and refracts," he said. "The waves that make up the packet are moving at different rates and reacting to reflection and refraction and up until now it has been very difficult to pinpoint how all that determines the path of a hurricane.
"My formula helps determine that path. This will make predictions more precise"
Kang said his efforts are aimed at trying to make life easier for coastal residents who must pack up and leave their homes when a hurricane is spotted. Kang hopes to minimize those troubles. For example, if a hurricane is heading for the Gulf Coast, meteorologists might announce that residents along a 100-mile strip of coast should evacuate. Using Kang's formulas, they might be able to warn residents along a 25-mile stretch of coastline.
In his patent application, Kang wrote: "The flight of these people can cause huge traffic congestion, as well as panic buying of emergency supplies …. I'm hoping my methods can help minimize the cost and inconvenience to many people living in coastal regions," Kang said.
"I'm hoping to have a software model ready for testing during the next hurricane season that begins in June and July.
"Meteorologists look at numerical solutions to predict the path of a hurricane," Kang said. "They use various models to arrive at these predictions, but I've approached the problem using very basic principles of physics. I began as a young meteorologist in Korea, but I spent 30 years at SIUE teaching physics, something that gave me a different way of looking at problems."
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Who: Students in the SIUE Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program
What: "Cultural Trajectories: The Evolution of Firearms Technology," an exhibition of historical weapons from the SIUE Collection.
When: The exhibition continues through April 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays
Where: University Center Gallery, on the second floor of the Morris University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
The firearms used in this exhibit were part of a large collection donated to The University Museum by Milton K. Harrington, of Belleville, beginning in 1991. Harrington was a successful businessman who spent much of his life traveling the world in search of interesting cultural artifacts. At the time of his death in 2000, Harrington had amassed nearly 100,000 items that ranged from fossils to folk art to weaponry. As a class project, graduate students from the Museum Studies program have organized, identified, and researched Harrington's eclectic assortment of firearms, and have designed this exhibit as a showcase for the pieces. Through them we can learn about firearm technology and how cultural forces shaped their design and function. For more information, call The University Museum at SIUE, (618) 650-2996.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 30th Annual Young Artists' Exhibition, featuring works by elementary and middle school students, will continue through April 9 in the lobby of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Katherine Dunham Hall.
The invitational exhibit includes the artwork of K-9 public and private school students from both Missouri and Illinois. Approximately 90 pieces are on display, showcasing skills and creativity in drawing, painting, and collage.
Many of the students' instructors are alumni of the Art Education Program in the SIUE Department of Art and Design. There will be a reception for the young artists, their parents, and their art instructors from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Dunham Hall lobby.
This exhibit coincides with Youth Art Month, a celebration of young artists across the country during the month of March. For more information, call the Art Education office, (618) 650-3183, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3183.
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(EDWARDSVILLE) Three chancellor candidates will visit the SIUE campus and tour the area, beginning March 28.
The candidates are: Sharon Hahs, SIUE provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; Aaron Podolefsky, Northern Iowa provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Vaughn Vandegrift, Georgia Southern provost and vice president for academic affairs/chief information officer. The schedule for visits to campus begins with Hahs on March 28-31; Vandegrift will visit April 4-7; and Podolefsky will visit April 14-17.
Hahs has been provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at SIUE since 2000. She had been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1995-2000. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of New Mexico.
Podolefsky has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern Iowa University since 1998. He had been dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Iowa from 1990-1998. He holds a PhD in anthropology from SUNY-Stony Brook.
Vandegrift has been provost and vice president at Georgia Southern University since 2000. He had been dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University (N.J.) from 1988-2000. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Ohio University.
Each candidate will participate in forums with various groups across campus during their visits. The candidates were chosen following a three-month process of screening and preliminary interviews by the chancellor search advisory committee. The committee is composed of representatives of various groups across the campus and the community.
For more information on the candidates, their visit schedules, and a list of committee members, see the Web site The site also can be reached by clicking the "chancellor search" link on the lower right corner of the SIUE homepage.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of the Religious Center (FRC), a support group for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center, is sponsoring the Second Annual A Celebration of World Faiths from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the domed center, located between the Morris University Center and the Art and Design Building.
Spiritual leaders and groups from several Christian and non-Christian traditions will share music, scripture, prayer, and information about their faiths. The goal is an evening of learning and fellowship, and an opportunity to tell visitors more about the Friends of the Religious Center. The support group is dedicated to preserving the center as the place on campus for serving the spiritual needs of SIUE students, as well as preserving its architectural importance.
"The FRC board of directors is made up of about a dozen members of the university community and the surrounding community at-large," said Greg Fields, an associate professor of Philosophy at the university and FRC board chair. "Also included in the group are the three ministerial directors headquartered at the center. We all share an interest in the structure for its programming available to the university community and for its architectural significance."
Admission is free to the April 3 event, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments with ethnic themes will be served, and all are welcome.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, a troupe of dancers who have been called "a riotous explosion of color and enthusiasm" and "an accelerated onslaught of ecstasy," are coming to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Arts & Issues stage April 2.
Each year, Arts & Issues brings some of the best and brightest performers and speakers from around the world to Southwestern Illinois audiences for entertaining and thought-provoking presentations on the SIUE campus. Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago will appear at 7:30 p.m. that Friday in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.
For more than 40 years critics have been raving about Giordano's dancers, calling them Chicago's most exciting jazz dance company. "Traditionally, our Arts & Issues audiences love dance concerts and the tickets tend to go very fast," said John Peecher, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago will be one of the most exciting dance troupes we've had on our stage," Peecher said. "They take up where Bob Fosse left off. They are pure energy."
Beginning in 1962 as Dance Incorporated Chicago, the group was founded by Giordano and several other dancers, later changing its name to the Gus Giordano Dance Company. In 1974, the company toured the former Soviet Union upon invitation of the Bolshoi Ballet. It was the first time a jazz dance troupe had toured that country. The group eventually changed its name to Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
With its mission to develop and preserve the indigenous American art form of jazz dance as a true artistic expression of American life, Giordano has brought that excitement to audiences around the world including Europe, Canada, Brazil, and Japan. Also performing throughout the United States, the troupe has a very active outreach education program with a Chicago Park District residency and teaching residences on many college campuses.
Jazz dance is an exciting mix of styles, as varied as jazz music itself, with elements of ballet, modern dance, percussive- and pop-based movements, as well as musical theater, wrapped in ethnic influences of every kind. Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago performs all of these styles in an energetic and highly physical way, while demonstrating amazing technique and skills.
Information about the April 2 appearance of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and how to order tickets may be found on the Arts & Issues Web site: artsandissues.com and in a printed brochure available through John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or, by e-mail: email@example.com. Tickets for the April 2 event are $18; students, $9. Tickets also are available at the Morris Center Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.
The final Arts & Issues presentation of the 2003-04 season takes place April 20 with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman Mailer, one of the most important writers of 20th century American letters.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Cynthia Holesko of Gillespie, a senior majoring in Accounting at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named recipient of the university's Carol Kimmel Scholarship. The scholarship program is co-sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat.
The annual scholarship was established to recognize students for their outstanding leadership and community volunteer service contributions, in addition to academic excellence. It is named for Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who for many years donated freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.
Holesko will be recognized Thursday, April 1, at the Kimmel Leadership Awards Banquet. Tickets for the April 1 Kimmel banquet-scheduled at 7 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center-are $30 per person. For more information about tickets or about ordering them, call the SIUE Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 650-2660, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2660.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Patricia Whitaker, president and CEO of Arcturis in St. Louis and a member of the boards of several organizations in the St. Louis area, will be the featured speaker for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's 15th Annual Kimmel Leadership Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in the Morris Center's Meridian Ballroom.
Arcturis, 1910 Pine St., is a full-service design firm founded by Whitaker in 1977. The firm offers planning, architecture, interiors, and technology for major corporations, higher education, developers, financial institutions, and public facilities.
The April 1 banquet honors recipients of the Kimmel Scholarship and the Kimmel Community Service Awards (see article below), all of whom have given time and effort to volunteerism. The awards are named for Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees who devoted most of her adult life to helping others.
Whitaker is an active member of the St. Louis civic and professional community, serving on the YMCA of Greater St. Louis Board, the Regional Business Council, the Regional Chamber and Growth Association Board, also serving on the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, and Business Services Committee. She also serves as chair of the Business Service Committee.
In addition, Whitaker serves on Webster University's Technology Advisory Board and on the United Way of Greater St. Louis Board. She was appointed in 1997 to The Hawthorn Foundation, a state board that addresses Missouri's economic policies. She also takes a leadership role in various charitable events in and around the St. Louis area each year.
Corporate memberships include the St. Louis Art Museum, as chair of the Corporate Partners Committee and the Development Committee, the St. Louis Science Center Board, and the Dance St. Louis Board. She also is current past president of the St. Louis Forum, a professional women's organization.
Whitaker also is Forest Park Forever 2004 Luncheon co-chair.
Whitaker's professional certifications include the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Whitaker was the 1996 recipient of the prestigious McKendree College Excellence in Enterprise Award, which recognizes a member of the community who reflects the true spirit of enterprise and demonstrates the skills that make enterprising efforts successful.
Tickets for the April 1 banquet are $30 per person; for more information about tickets or about ordering them, call the SIUE Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 650-2660, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2660.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Several Southwestern Illinois residents will receive Kimmel Community Service Awards at the April 1 Kimmel Leadership Awards Banquet, sponsored by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Belleville News-Democrat.
The annual award was established to recognize outstanding community members for dedication and contributions to community volunteer service as exemplified by Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who for many years gave freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.
There are six award categories: education, social service-social welfare, environmental and civic betterment, regional leadership, agency-organizational concerns, and special populations.
Those nominated for the Kimmel Community Service Award must have been a resident of Illinois or Missouri for at least two years, and volunteered for at least one agency, organization, or business for at least two or more continuous years.
In addition, nominees must have demonstrated a variety of community service contributions for an extended period and demonstrated outstanding voluntary community service, as well as a commitment to the citizens of Illinois or Missouri; and must document leadership roles and responsibilities.
This year's winners are:
EDUCATION: Connie Barre of Belleville.
REGIONAL LEADERSHIP: J. Terry Dooling of Godfrey.
ENVIRONMENTAL-CIVIC BETTERMENT: Dennis Jacknewitz of Belleville.
SOCIAL SERVICE-SOCIAL WELFARE: Percy McKinney of Belleville.
SPECIAL POPULATIONS: Russell J. Krause of East St. Louis.
AGENCY/ORGANIZATIONAL CONCERNS: Jewell E. Backs of Granite City.
SIUE FACULTY/STAFF: Kim Kirn of Glen Carbon
Tickets for the April 1 Kimmel banquet-scheduled at 7 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center-are $30 per person. For more information about tickets or about ordering them, call the SIUE Office of Conferences and Institutes, (618) 650-2660, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2660.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Good music and good food are some of the highlights to be offered at "An Evening in Vienna," presented March 27 by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music and the Friends of Music, a support organization for the department.
The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.
The musical portion of the evening features the SIUE Symphony Orchestra, along with 25 vocalists, performing scenes from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. Later, the SIUE Concert Jazz Band, featuring SIUE music students, performs music for dancing. Attire for the evening is "black tie optional."
Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund.
Jane Vest, president of the Friends group, said the event is the largest fund-raiser the group conducts. "An Evening in Vienna has become a tradition in the St. Louis area," Vest said. "The money raised through this annual event helps fund a large part of our scholarship program.
"These scholarships enable the Department of Music to recruit talented students who might otherwise not have an opportunity to attend SIUE."
Tickets are $60 and are available in person at or by mailing a check or money order to the Office of Conferences and Institutes, Morris University Center, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1036. Credit card ticket purchases must be made through the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3799.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An educational seminar, "Immigrants in our Midst: An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law." will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, March 26, at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center. Those who register by March 19 save $5 on the admission fee.
Marti Jones, director of the Immigration Project; Carol Hallstrom, liaison officer for the Department of Homeland Security; and Eloy Salazar, director of the Illinois Migration Council will speak about U.S. Immigration law and implications for organizations providing services to immigrants. The seminar also will provide information on current legislative proposals, followed by a question-and-answer session.
The Latino Roundtable of Metro East, Immigration Project, SIUE's Equal Opportunity Office, and the university's Student Leadership Development Program and Volunteer Service are co-sponsoring the workshop. For additional information, or to register, contact Diane Schilling, (618) 650-2610, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is $35; before March 19, $30. Each additional person from the same organization is $25. Continuing Education credit is available for an additional $3 per person. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, program materials, and a parking pass.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A community forum will explore the history of the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education-and its relevance to today's social issues-from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the Hickory-Hackberry Room, located on the second floor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Morris University Center.
The forum-moderated by attorney Dennis Orsey and co-sponsored by SIUE Student Legal Services, the Illinois Judge's Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Madison County Bar Association-will first explore "Brown v Board" itself and the impact it had on subsequent cases, and then will discuss current issues, such as race as a factor in school admissions, sex as a factor in marriage, and the interaction of the law and social issues.
Orsey, a past president of the Madison County Bar and a member of the Board of Governor's for the Illinois State Bar, will be joined on the panel by Alton attorney Lee Barron, Troy attorney James Drazen, Alton attorney Elizabeth Carrion, Edwardsville attorney Victoria Vasileff, and Madison County Associate Judge Barbara Crowder.
Admission is free and the public is invited; complimentary parking will be available in the Visitor's attendant lot behind the Morris Center.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) John Baricevic, who has been chairman of the St. Clair County Board for the past 14 years, will receive a Distinguished Service Award during Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's May 8 commencement, according to action taken today by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting conducted this month at SIU Carbondale.
Distinguished Service Awards have been given for more than 35 years at SIUE commencement exercises to those who have given outstanding or unusual service to the university, the region, or the state.
After earning a juris doctor from SIUC, Baricevic served as the St. Clair County state's attorney from 1980-1990 and was named county board chairman in 1990. He is retiring this year from the board. Baricevic also is in private practice specializing in family law, criminal law, and personal injury litigation.
Baricevic has been instrumental in promoting regionalism in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area, investing enormous amounts of time energy in a variety of projects to insure that the interests and welfare of Metro-East residents-one-quarter of the St. Louis region's population-will be provided for in planning decisions for the wider metropolitan area.
Some projects with which Baricevic has been involved include: expansion of MetroLink, development of MidAmerica Airport, maintaining Scott Air Force Base in the face of an uncertain economy, and helping secure funding for a new Mississippi River bridge.
He also lends his time and expertise to several regional organizations including Civic Progress, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, for which he is immediate past president, and the Greater St. Louis Economic Development Council.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Rather than participate in the stereotypical spring break trip to an ocean coastal region for fun and games, 18 SIUE students are traveling to Tahlequah and Kenwood, Okla., from March 7-11, on an alternative spring break to work on reservations of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma tribe. SIUE's spring break is scheduled March 8-14; classes resume Monday March 15.
The students will learn about social, economic, and cultural issues by participating in the tribal community in various projects. Before leaving for Oklahoma, the students took part in two orientation-training sessions in preparation.
The students will help in construction and clean-up at the elders' homes, and also work at tribal headquarters as well as at the Loyal Shawnee Ceremonial Stomp Grounds.
Members of the Cherokee Nation will prepare traditional meals and provide educational programs about tribal history, social issues, culture, and community development. The students also will visit the Cherokee Nation's principal chief and deputy chief, as well as the elders.
The experience will provide students with a hand-on experience to learn about outstanding community leaders who have been developing vision and affecting social change for tribal members. The alternative spring trip is co-sponsored by the SIUE Student Leadership Center, the United Campus Ministry and the Shurtleff Baptist Ministries, both headquartered at the SIUE Religious Center.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's nine-year growth trend is expected to continue in the fall; freshmen hoping to be admitted to SIUE should submit complete applications no later than May 31. The deadline for all other undergraduates is August 2; students wishing to live on campus should apply for housing by May 1.
"Although fall semester is still five months away, the deadline for freshman admission-May 31-is approaching," said Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. "The university is experiencing an unprecedented number of freshman applications for fall 2004 and may consider closing admissions prior to the May 31 deadline. Early projections indicate that our enrollment growth will continue in the fall, as will the demand for on-campus housing."
SIUE has grown from 10,938 students in 1994 to 13,295 last fall, an increase of about 22 percent.
Bradshaw said three new residence halls built since 1994 have served to draw even more attention to the quality education offered at SIUE. "More and more students and parents view SIUE as their first choice for a quality, affordable education," he said. "A strong faculty, small class sizes, community service opportunities, an active campus life, and some of the newest residence halls in the state continue to fuel SIUE's growth."
Bradshaw said the quickest and easiest way for students to apply for admission and pay the $30 application fee is to go online at www.siue.edu. Students interested in living on campus can download an application from www.siue.edu/HOUSING. The housing application and a deposit of $300 must be submitted by May 1.
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(EDWARDSVILLE) Two new certificate programs at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing will benefit nurses looking to move into management positions, and nurse managers who wish to enhance their management skills. Most of the course work will be offered online.
"The new programs are a response to an expressed need in the health care community for professional development opportunities," said Marcia Maurer, dean of the nursing school. "Our new nursing management education effort is designed to meet the needs of nurses with different educational backgrounds."
The nursing management option is open to RNs with an associate degree in nursing. RNs with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in nursing or another discipline may enroll in the professional development sequence in nursing. About 20 students will be admitted annually to each of the options.
Beginning in fall 2004, the new certificate programs will offer 12 credit hours in four online courses, with a focus on nursing management. Each course will offer at least 80 percent of the course work online. "These programs can be completed within two semesters," Maurer said, "providing a foundation in management skills for nurses who work as nurse managers, and for nurses interested in pursuing a career in nursing management in acute care, primary care, long-term care and community agencies."
Interested nurses may call the SIUE School of Nursing, 618-650-3956 or 800-234-4844, for more information.
The SIUE School of Nursing is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School of Nursing awards Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in nursing, including an RN-to-BS completion program.
Master of Science degrees are awarded with specializations in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, Health care and Nursing Administration. Classes are offered on the Edwardsville campus, online, and at the school's newest facility in Springfield.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 65 dealers in antiques from the Midwest will display and sell a variety of items including furniture, fine glass, porcelain, china, tools, toys, and books Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, at the 34th Annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Antiques Show and Sale at SIUE's Vadalabene Center.
The event, sponsored by the Friends of Lovejoy Library and TheBANK of Edwardsville, will take place in the center's gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free informal appraisals with paid admission (2 item limit) will be offered Saturday from 2-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-3 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the door; tickets are good for both days. For a $10 fee, "early bird" patrons may enter the show between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday. Children under 13 years of age are admitted free. For more information, call the Friends of Lovejoy Library, (618) 650-2730.
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