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SIUE Alum, CFO Speaks At Business School Breakfast

Steve McCann, an SIUE School of Business alumnus and CFO of Longs Drugs in California, visited SIUE Friday to speak with School of Business students, faculty, and alumni.

McCann, who earned a bachelor's in accountancy in 1978, was on campus as part of the School of Business Power Breakfast Series. The series strives to connect prominent SIUE alumni from around the country with their alma mater. It also allows students and faculty to interact with successful graduates from the School of Business. McCann spoke with more than 95 attendees over breakfast in the University Restaurant about his accounting and finance experiences in retail companies throughout the United States.

His career path began at Touche Ross and Company, a national CPA firm. McCann began his work in retail with May Department Stores, where he spent 11 years in increasing positions of authority and responsibility. McCann's last position with May was as vice president and controller of the Robinson-May Department Store division based in North Hollywood, Calif. He then took a position at Service Merchandise Corp., then a 400-store, $4 billion specialty retailer based in Brentwood, Tenn. In April 2000, McCann joined Longs Drugs as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Today, he holds the position of executive vice president-CFO and treasurer of Longs Drugs.

When beginning to talk about his career path, McCann joked, "I am not actually sure how it all happened." Students at the breakfast said McCann's stories illustrated many parallels from the classroom. He encouraged students to work hard and to be ethical. His lessons extended beyond accounting and finance to management and marketing as well. As a financial professional, McCann discussed the importance of being honest in business today. He stressed that doing nothing in an ethical dilemma is the same as agreeing with the position.

Overall, McCann made sure that students understood that any of them could rise to the top of a company. "I am no different than you," he told the students. "I started out where you are. You are only limited by your imagination and how hard you work."

Click here for McCann's photo

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23 Student Leaders Named to Red Storm NRHH Chapter

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) ¬Twenty-three student leaders in University Housing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be inducted in the newly formed Red Storm Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). An induction ceremony, sponsored by the Residence Housing Association (RHA) will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, in the Woodland Hall Multifunction Room.

NRHH is a student organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding residential leaders. Its membership is limited to the top 1 percent of student leaders who live in University Housing. "I felt that student leaders don't receive enough recognition on our campus," explained SIUE senior Lindsey Gilmore, executive vice president of the Residential Housing Association and co-founder of SIUE's NRHH chapter.

She continued, "Without the dedicated effort of these students, living on campus would feel like a room, not a home away from home. These students have made a difference in other students' lives and we want to see that continue to happen."

Student leaders being inducted into NRHH include Lindsay Keppler of Vandalia; Tasha Addison of Glen Carbon; Megan Sage of Bloomington; Lauren Delaney of Litchfield; Kati Renth of New Baden; Andrew Koester of Dieterich; Cheyenne Starbuck of Highland; Sarah Ryder of Monticello; Nicole Berry of Waterloo; Kate Vogel of Swansea; Heather James of Robinson; Ankur Patel of Springfield; Kelsey Blackwell of Mt. Sterling; Rebecca Prokopf of Collinsville; Adam Pallai of Springfield; Lindsey Gilmore of Waterloo; Kassie Silvey of Nashville; Denika Wilson of Country Club Hills; Brittany Marron of Caseyville; Lindsey Cuba of Downs; Maureen Somers of Decatur; Erica Thompson of Smithfield; and Brennan Stephenson of Highland.

NRHH is a recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Inc. (NACURH) which was established in 1954 as an organization that encourages information and idea exchange among colleges and universities. Today, NRHH has more than 170 chapters across the nation.

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Special Ed. Professor Wins 2006 SIUE Teaching Excellence Award; Three Others Win Teaching Recognition Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Vicki Scott, associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the School of Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is recipient of the 2006 SIUE Teaching Excellence Award. The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an SIUE faculty member.

Scott will receive a $2,000 award at SIUE's Honors Convocation on April 9, and a plaque of recognition at the May 6 spring commencement. The committee also awarded Teaching Recognition Awards to Laura Bernaix, an associate professor in the School of Nursing; Masangu Shabangi, an assistant professor of Chemistry; and to Tim Sullivan, an instructor in the Department of Economics and Finance. Each will receive a $500 award at the convocation.

Nominees were considered by members of a university-wide committee which made the final selections. Committee members said they were impressed by Scott, who they referred to as "highly organized, well prepared, (and) concise." The committee also pointed out that Scott incorporates active learning and variety into her classes.

"She has received several curriculum grants to improve the learning experience of her students," the committee wrote. "Dr. Scott elicited high praise from every committee member."

Scott, who joined the SIUE faculty in 2001, earned a bachelor's at Drury University in elementary education and special education, a master's in special education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a doctorate in special education at the University of Kansas.

Bernaix, in her 11th year of teaching at SIUE, earned a bachelor of science in Nursing at SIUE, a master of science in Nursing at the University of Evansville, and a doctorate at Saint Louis University. Committee members said they were impressed with her "relaxed and nurturing style in the classroom." Members also noted her ability to use a variety of teaching methods "to ensure active learning" among all her students.

Committee members said they were very impressed with the connection that Shabangi has with his students. Since joining the SIUE faculty in 2000, Shabangi has shown an ability to bring a "down-to-earth style" to the classroom where he "treats students like colleagues." The committee also pointed out that Shabangi's students remain interested throughout his classes and feel free to challenge the professor if they disagree. Shabangi earned a bachelor of science in chemistry at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and a doctorate in analytical chemistry at the University of Toledo (OH).

Sullivan has been an Economics and Finance instructor at SIUE since 1995. He earned a bachelor of science in economics and a bachelor of science in computer science, both at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a doctorate in economics at the University of Maryland. Sullivan impressed committee members with his rapport with students. "He does a remarkable job of incorporating real-life examples that students can relate to and apply to economics," the committee wrote.

"He had every student in the class participating-and this (was) a freshman level economics class!"

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SIUE Students Chosen By State To Showcase Art At Chicago Gallery

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The talent of three Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students will be part of a statewide display in Chicago starting in May.

Featured SIUE student-artists are Linda Brady, "Rembrandt," in charcoal; Nate Jones, "The Emotional Propagandists," in photolithography; and Jason Schipkowski, "Untitled #2" in photography. Their works will be displayed from May 4-June 16, at the State Street Gallery of Robert Morris College, 401 S. State St. in Chicago.

As part of the 2006 Annual Collegiate Artists Competition, a total of 56 finalists were chosen by Juror Phyllis Bramson, an internationally known painter. Selections were made from a pool of 282 student-artists who submitted 699 entries. The finalists' artwork will be placed in categories and judged again to determine four winners of $1,000 purchase awards. The awardees will be announced at an awards ceremony reception from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Robert Morris College's State Street Gallery in Chicago.

Other universities represented include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Art, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the University of Illinois, Bradley University and Northern Illinois University.

This is the third year for the competition, which is sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the state's community of colleges and universities. Other major sponsors include the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, Robert Morris College and the Illinois Community College Board.

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SIUE Jazz Professor Climbs The Charts

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Rick Haydon is on top of the world as he watches his new CD climb to the top of the jazz charts of the nationally circulated weekly publication, JazzWeek. Haydon is a professor in the Jazz Studies Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a well known guitarist in St. Louis area jazz music circles.

In its first week of play on radio stations, the album, titled Just Friends placed 46th on a list of current top100 jazz albums. Haydon and guitarist John Pizzarelli, Jr.-son of guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli Sr., a jazz legend-put together a collection of songs that features the talent and breadth of skill of both guitarist. The younger Pizzarelli has recorded several of his own CDs in the past few years and has a national following.

Produced by Mel Bay Records, based in Pacific, Mo., the two guitarists joined forces to make the CD at NOLA Studios, across from Carnegie Hall in New York City. Completed in a day, most of the songs were wrapped up in one take, Haydon said.

"It's icing on the cake," Haydon said of creating the CD and working with Pizzarelli and Mel Bay Records on the production. "We had a lot of fun making the record. It's been tremendous. It's got a real spontaneity and energy about it. It's happy music. There are two guitars, bass and drums. It swings really hard and it's just good guitar music. I think people will enjoy it.

"I'm pretty pleased with this coming in at 46 on the chart," said the self-described "home boy" who grew up in Alton and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in jazz performance at SIUE. He expressed surprise at the album being played on rotations for jazz radio stations in Australia, Europe, New York City and across the United States.

"I kind of chuckle actually," he said. "I've done all this and I haven't even had to leave town. I've lived here all my life, except a couple years when I lived in Atlanta."

Haydon, who has known the Pizzarellis for several years, performed with the young Pizzarelli at the Classic American Guitar Show in Long Island, N.Y., as part of a jazz cabaret series in 2004. Haydon said he and Pizzarelli received many compliments from attendees, which inspired them to plan a collaborative work.

"Every time we got together we did some playing," Haydon said. "We endorsed the same guitar builder; we played together at a guitar show. Everybody commented on how well we played together."

Haydon started teaching part-time at SIUE in 1982 shortly after earning his bachelor's. He began teaching full-time in 1987 upon earning his master's. He has performed with jazz greats such as Herb Ellis and Mundell Lowe at the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Convention in 1996 and with Bucky Pizzarelli before a sold-out crowd at St. Louis' Sheldon Concert Hall in 1998.

Just Friends is available at Those interested in purchasing CDs can first listen to samples of the product at the site.

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SIUE Manager To Read His Play At SIUC Gala

A new play, written by King Lambird, manager of Textbook Service, will be read April 8 at the Playwrights Gala at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the McCleod Theater at the university.

Lambird, who earned an MFA in Playwriting from SIUC in 1977, is one of many graduates of the playwriting program who have been invited to attend the Gala and participate in play readings.

Lambird's play, House Divided, is set at the bicentennial celebration of a Liberal Arts college at which a Congresswoman and retiring U.S. Senator debate whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to allow states to secede.

The work, which is written in a 10-minute play format especially for the Playwrights Gala, takes place at the 200th anniversary celebration of Colonial College. The most outstanding student in the Political Science studies program has been asked to moderate a debate between the Congresswoman and the retiring senator-two distinguished alumni of the college who will be attending the celebration.

The debate topic is announced as "Should the Constitution be amended to allow political entities, such as states, to secede from the United State of America." The play presents a surprising advocate of the proposition.

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Meridian Society Prepares To Give Out Annual Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Dixie Engelman thought joining the Meridian Society's circle of giving would allow her to enhance the lives of others. She said she never considered how much it would enhance her own life.

"A bonus I'd never counted on was meeting other women with similar interests," she said. "I've met new people and I've liked them all. It's been fun to meet the people and share their ideas."

Engelman, a retired associate professor of speech pathology and audiology, and former acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is one of 30 women dedicated to the Meridian Society's mission: Engaging the Metropolitan St. Louis area and enhancing the University's national reputation for quality.

She has been with the philanthropic group from the start-upon its formation through the SIUE Foundation in October 2003, through its third round of awards, which will be announced at a ceremony in May.

Through the society, the SIUE Foundation is encouraging women who want to give to take part in philanthropic endeavors. As a development professional for 30 years, Vice Chancellor for University Relations G. Patrick Williams said he noticed that women made up more than half of non-profit organization's membership boards and he became fascinated with their attitudes toward giving. It was this fascination that led him to help form the society upon arriving at SIUE six years ago.

Named for the 90th Meridian that runs through campus, the group is dedicated to supporting programs that improve the community in which they live, and the surrounding area. Harold Melser, SIUE's executive director of university development, and Williams hope to create a center at the University in the future that will focus on the research and dissemination of information about women's philanthropy.

"We want to provide the leadership for finding out more about women's philanthropy," Melser said. "We look at this as a community service that would also have an impact nationally."

Members of the organization pledge to contribute a pre-determined amount to the philanthropic cause. The women-only group then decides to what agencies the money will go in the form of donations.

In its first year, the Meridian Society donated $15,610 to a variety of SIUE and community groups. In 2005 it contributed a total of $21,711 to numerous causes.

Engelman said working with the society also has changed her thoughts about philanthropy and philanthropists, noting, "The nice thing about it is you don't have to be wealthy to do good with your money. Collectively we can make a big difference, and we have."

The next round of awards will take place at a 6:30 p.m. ceremony Monday, May 8, at SIUE's B. Barnard Birger Hall. A special emcee will host the event.

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9th Annual Midwest Inventor's Conference Set for April

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) All first-time inventors are invited to learn how to evaluate and protect their inventions at an upcoming conference at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Ninth Annual Midwest Inventor's Conference, hosted by the Illinois Innovators and Inventors Club and the SIUE Entrepreneurship Center, will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in SIUE's Morris University Center. The club is a non-profit support group for amateur inventors.

In addition, tables will be available for inventors to exhibit products at a cost of $25 per table for non-members of the club. Advance registration is due by April 19.

As part of the conference, Carol Straight of the St. Louis Depository Patent Library will describe the many services available at no cost to inventors in St. Louis and Springfield, Ill. Senior Staff Member John Calvert, of the U.S. Patent Office, will discuss operations of the office and how it works with independent inventors.

A prominent patent attorney will speak about the patent process, explaining who needs a patent and how to get one. The attorney will also discuss how to avoid pitfalls during the patent-seeking process.

Kevin Hubbard, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the SIUE School of Engineering, will talk about new developments in computer-controlled prototyping.

Other topics throughout the day will focus on development of the "million-dollar idea" for new inventors. Cost to attend the conference is $40 in advance; $45 at the door. The admission price includes a continental breakfast and box lunch.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the Web site:, or call Kristine Polo, director of the SIUE Entrepreneurship Center, (618) 650-2166, or Phil Curry, (618) 656-7445.

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'Idea Bounce' Is Coming To SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Genius is not required to bounce ideas off inventors at an event that will soon make its debut on the campus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

SIUE will host Idea Bounce Thursday, April 27, at 5-6:30 p.m., at the Morris University Center's Madison Room. The event has been held in the past at Washington University in St. Louis, but, as part of an outreach initiative, the fun is being brought to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

Organized by SIUE Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center, creative, innovative and unique ideas are being sought. Kristine Polo, the center's director said past ideas have included ideas for new restaurants and retail shops and new cars. "Investors are there to listen, too," she said.

Out of all the ideas submitted, 15 to 20 people are selected ahead of time to give two-minute presentations to a panel of five judges and a room full of spectators the day of the event. The judges then will select five winners from the presenters to receive $100 each.

The event will provide opportunities for networking, and feature hors d'oeuvres, limited bar for all after the judging takes place. Ideas must be submitted to the Idea Bounce Web site: by noon Friday, April 14, to be considered for the event. Anyone can post ideas at any time and review past ideas, Polo said.

Those interested in participating should register at and choose SIUE as the location. For more information, call Polo, (618) 650-2166.

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Sociology and Criminal Justice Week 2006

Monday, April 3


On becoming a sociologist at SIUE

  • Connie D. Frey, General Undergraduate Sociology Advisor (sequencing, jobs, senior assignment)
  • Marv Finkelstein, Employment Relations and ABle

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Undergraduate Student Paper Presentations

  • Josh Lucker, "Bacon's Rebellion: A Marxist Analysis of an Indentured Servant Rebellion in Colonial America and the Social Construction of Race"
  • Jamie Paul, "Opinion Formulation and Gay Marriage"
  • Chris Ramig, "Outsourcing in Society"
  • Karrousel White, "The Portrayal of Black Men in Modern American Cinema"
  • Jamie Larson, TBA

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Tuesday, April 4


SIUE Sociology/CJ graduates:

  • Randi Irwin, former CJ student, Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor, Chestnut Health Services
  • Chris Su, former Employee Relations student, Manager, Comfort Inn (Edwardsville, IL)
  • Eric Heberer, Deputy Sheriff, Madison County Sheriff

Hickory/Hackberry Room, MUC


Sociology Graduate Student Paper Presentations:

  • Kelly Faust, "Victimology of Hurricane Katrina: A Study in State Crime"
  • Tracey Hayes, "Dead Creek: A Case Study of State-Corporate Crime"
  • Alex Briesacher, "Hollywood's Holocausts: An Analysis of the Construction of Genocide in Film"

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Wednesday, April 5


Jail and Bail

  • Ever want to get revenge on that certain professor for throwing a pop quiz? Here's your chance!

Stratton Quad


Panel on Graduate School

  • Linda Markowitz, Sociology Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Tracey Hayes, Sociology Graduate Student
  • Kelly Faust, Sociology Graduate Student

Willow Room, MUC


Project Dirty Laundry: Domestic Violence (Sponsored by the Sociology


  • Jessica Shires, Prevention Educator, Call for Help
  • Margarette Trushel, Director, Oasis Women's Center

Mississippi Room, MUC

Time TBA

Project Dirty Laundry: Effects of Meth on Local Communities (Sponsored

by the Criminal Justice Club)

  • Speaker TBA

Location TBA

Thursday, April 6


Criminal Justice Club Career Fair

  • About 25 employers will attend

Goshen Lounge


So you want to be a CJ major - now what?

  • Hugh Barlow, Director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program

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Keynote Address

  • Professor John Farley on "Some Thoughts on the Past, Present, and Future of Sociology"

Founder's Hall 1408


"The Human Element of Being a Judge"

  • Justice Stephen P. McGlynn, Illinois Appellate Court

University Center Restaurant

Friday, April 7


SOC/CJ Faculty Research Presentations

  • Hugh Barlow, Suicide Bombers
  • Dave Kauzlarich, "Peace Activists' Perceptions of the Illegality of the War on Iraq"

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B. McLain Dies; Was Assistant Director Of Enrollment Management

Beverly McLain, retired assistant director of Enrollment Management, died Tuesday, March 28, at her home in Edwardsville after a long illness. She was 57.

McLain began her career at SIUE in 1968 as a secretary in what was then known as University Placement Service, moving to the School of Business the following year. She stayed until 1979 when she became an Admissions and Records Officer in that office. In 1987, she was named acting assistant director of Enrollment Management and the following year was given the permanent appointment. She retired in 2002, but continued part-time until 2004 as manager of systems in the Office of the Registrar.

McLain earned an associates degree at SIUE in 1974 and received a bachelor of science in Business Administration in 1979, also at SIUE.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Paynic Home for Funerals, 618 E. Airline Drive, East Alton. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9374 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132.

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Mass Communications Week Features Talented Professionals, Alumni

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Four days of scholarly exchange and mind-expanding programs will kick off Tuesday, March 28, as Mass Communications Week unfolds on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

The first event of the week-a panel discussion featuring professionals Tom Atwood, Tom Calhoun, Bob Kochan and Mark Motley-will begin at 6:30 p.m. that day in Room 2039 of SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall.

Slated for Wednesday, March 29, Associate Professor Robert Jensen, of the University of Texas School of Journalism, will present two programs-the first at 10 a.m. in Dunham Hall, Pornography and Power: Constructing Gender and Sexuality, and the second at 6:30 p.m. in the Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center, We All Have Politics: Confronting the Attacks on Academic Freedom and an Independent University.

Jensen, who earned a doctorate at the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 1992, worked as a professional journalist for 10 years. In his academic career, he has conducted research studies focusing on media and power relative to pornography and the radical feminist critique of sexuality and men's violence.

Other activities scheduled for Wednesday will include a program at 11:15 a.m., Employment Contracts, featuring Megan Lynch, an SIUE alumna and radio personality on KMOX Radio, and lunch at 12:15 p.m. Both activities will be offered in the Dunham Hall television studio.

Media Literacy will be the topic of a 9:30 a.m. program Thursday, March 30, in Dunham Hall, with featured speakers Jessica Brown, a media educator; Beverly Hacker, of KDHX Radio; Lynne Lang, a curriculum specialist for BJC HealthCare School Outreach; and Charles Murphy, an educator and videographer. An internship fair will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Dunham Hall theater lobby.

The annual Alumni Evening will draw the week's activities to a close, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the television studio on the second floor of Dunham Hall.

For more information about Mass Communications Week activities, call (618) 650-2230.

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East St. Louis Student Wins Multiple Science Awards

(EAST ST. LOUIS) Venezia Manuel, a 12-year-old student in the East St. Louis Center's Educational Talent Search program, recently won the Best of Fair Award in the TRIO Upward Bound Science Fair.

Venezia's exhibit, "Strength of an Eggshell," garnered four awards and one "Outstanding" certificate. As Best of Fair winner, Venezia received a $75 cash award and is competing today and tomorrow in the annual Science and Engineering Regional Fair Competition on the SIUE campus.

"I was surprised that my exhibit won that many awards," Venezia said. The A.M. Jackson Math and Science Academy student tested empty egg shells at various weights. "I'm excited about going to the Regionals, and I plan to add more information to my board," she said.

Other students who placed in special categories included-Regionals for a $50 cash prize each: Michaela Yates, Spenser Washington, Ariar Long and Venezia; Originality for $25 cash price each: Mierecoles Bell and Breanna Scott; Visual Display for a $25 cash prize each: Jaavia Manning, Darren Smith and Venezia; Scientific Impact for a $25 cash prize each: Spenser, Ariar and Venezia; and Scientific Research Paper for a $25 cash prize: Britney Allen.

Venezia said she enjoyed working on her science project this year, but her hopes are to become a professional dancer or a lawyer. The 12-year-old has danced in the East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts After School Theater Arts Program for about four years. She will be on stage with students from the Performing Arts and the East St. Louis Charter School at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Stites Community Center, 500 Washington St., Brooklyn.

"I try to do my best in all my classes and studies," Venezia said.

Photos 1 | 2 |

Photo 1: Venezia Manuel accepts the Best of Fair Award from Elven Davis, a counselor for the TRIO programs.
Photo 2: Venezia and other winners at the fair take a moment for the camera

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Hall Director Named Outstanding New Professional

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Prairie Hall Director Lisa Israel recently was named Outstanding New Professional by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for her outstanding contributions to campus and to her profession.

Lisa was nominated by fellow Bluff Hall Director Matt Crouse. "What sets Lisa apart from other student affairs professionals is her ability to execute the vision that she sets out," explained Crouse, referring to Israel's guidance and supervision of the Horizon's First-Year Experience Program, House Calls, and the Faculty Fellows programs in Prairie Hall.

Crouse continued to endorse Israel's involvement in on-campus committee commitments, including participation with the Chancellor's Scholars retreat and teaching a freshman seminar. Israel also has presented programs at the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International Living and Learning Conference and ACPA's national conference.

Ms. Israel received a bachelor's in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a master's in Higher Education from Loyola University. Lisa joined University Housing in summer 2003.

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Associate Director Named Outstanding Experienced Professional

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) ¬-Kathleen Gardner, associate director of Residence Life for University Housing, recently was named Outstanding Experienced Professional for 2006 by the American College Personnel Association (APCA) for outstanding contributions to the campus and to her profession.

Gardner was nominated by Bluff Hall Director Matt Crouse, Prairie Hall Director Lisa Israel, and SIUE Housing Director Michael Schultz. "Kathleen challenges me to think about my decisions, forces me to trust my instincts, supports my tough decisions, and recognizes my small achievements," explained Crouse in his nomination letter. He continued, "She is, in one word, my mentor." Aside from the APCA award, Gardner also has been elected to serve on the ACPA Executive Council as chair of the Council on Professional Issues.

Gardner earned a bachelor's in Journalism and a master of education in College Student Personnel Administration, both from the University of Maryland. She began her career in University Housing in summer 2002 as an area director. After serving as assistant director for Residence Life in (2004-05), she was named associate director of Residence Life in summer 2005. "Kathleen is always one of those professionals who goes above and beyond in her work," Schultz said. "She has had a major impact on our professional staff in the department of University Housing and is making significant contributions at the national level through her professional development in ACPA."

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F. Oakes Dies; Was Emeritus Associate Professor At Lovejoy Library

Frank Edwin Oakes of St. Louis, an emeritus associate professor at Lovejoy Library, died March 23, five days after his 92nd birthday.

Joining the SIUE faculty in 1970, Oakes came to the University from St. Louis Public Library where he had been supervisor of Technical Services since 1964. He retired from SIUE in 1984.

A native of Rochester, NY, Oakes also had been head of the order department at the Flint (Mich.) Public Library, a cataloguer for the Chicago Public Library, as well as the libraries at Northwestern University and at the University of Alabama.

He earned a baccalaureate in French at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. in 1935; a master's in French at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1937; and a master's in Library Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1951.

A memorial service us scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 600 North Euclid Avenue (at Washington), St. Louis, Mo. , (314) 361-4655.

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The church is located on the corner of Washington and Euclid Avenue.


SIUE Department Of Psychology Receives National Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) When asked to apply for a national award recognizing the tracking of student learning outcomes in education, Bryce Sullivan, an associate professor of Psychology and chair of that department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, said he was up for the challenge.

Last December, Sullivan was approached by Sue Thomas of the SIUE Office of the Provost and asked to put together a package that would showcase the department's commitment to quality education, and highlight what students' garnered from their studies at the University.

A required capstone experience for all graduating seniors was where Sullivan looked to find what was needed.

The Psychology faculty's commitment to mentoring of students, the department's ongoing assessment of student progress, and his unconventional method of submitting the materials to the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) led to a national award.

SIUE was recipient of one of only four Awards for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes given across the country, vying with 32 academic institutions of higher learning to submit applications. "We've done a lot of good work in our senior assignment program over the years," Sullivan said. "It really highlights the integration of teaching and research."

Thomas praised the department's work in the area of senior assignment. "The CHEA award represents exactly the kind of national recognition SIUE deserves-recognition for cutting-edge programs with informed, effective teaching that result in demonstrable student learning," Thomas said. "It is important to note that the Psychology Department's success did not happen overnight, but is the result of years of dedication by the University and the department to establish and support practices that produce effective student learning."

Sullivan may have boosted the department's chances by using the Internet to submit the award application packet. Along with the required submission documents, Sullivan created a Web page ( to showcase the outcome assessment information that was collected on student learning within his department and the University.

"Although the Web site may have helped, the true reason for receiving the award is the outstanding and dedicated work of our faculty," Sullivan said.

According to CHEA, the awards were introduced this year to recognize and encourage institutions to use new, innovative systems as ways to evaluate and determine student outcomes. In choosing award recipients, a committee assembled from across the country assessed how accessible the information is to the public and based its decision on four criteria: a) Articulating and providing evidence of outcomes; b) Providing evidence of success with regard to outcomes; c) Informing the public about outcomes; d) and using outcomes for institutional improvement.

CHEA is the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the nation, with 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities. "The ability to define and demonstrate success in higher education is a critical factor in raising the overall standards of educational quality," said CHEA President Judith Eaton.

Sullivan added, "At SIUE, the senior capstone is designed to show our students learn what they need to know, while meeting the expectations faculty have for them in terms of learning outcomes.

"The University's senior capstone experience is one of the ways SIUE is recognized as a premier metropolitan university and this award is a concrete example of this national recognition."

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8:30 - 11:00 Morning Workshop

Twelve Keys to Successful Grantwriting
Speaker Bob Lowman, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research & Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Psychology
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Location: Maple Room, Morris University Center

11:00 - 5:00 Authors' Display
Featuring Publications by SIUE Faculty
Hosted by Stephen Kerber, University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian,
and Amanda Bahr-Evola, Archives Specialist

Locations & Times:
11:00 - 1:15 Meridian Ballroom, MUC (during the Simon Luncheon)
1:30 - 4:00 Hallway outside the Conference Center
Rooms, 2nd floor, MUC (during the Student Symposium)
4:30 - 5:30 University Restaurant, 2nd floor, MUC
(during the Researcher's Reception)

11:30 - 1:15 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award Luncheon
 Presentation, "The Ivory Tower in a Flat World" by the 2005 Awardee,
Marvin Finkelstein, Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice.
 Announcement of the 2006 Awardee.
 Student poster presentations
Location: Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center (By Invitation Only)

1:30 - 4:00 Afternoon Workshop
How to Get Your Manuscript Published
Speaker Karen L. Dodson, Director and Managing Editor,
Academic Publishing Services Managing Editor,
American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism,
Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Maple Room, Morris University Center

1:30 - 4:00 Graduate Student Research Symposium
Students present research papers, posters, exhibits and performances for faculty, staff, and fellow students
Location: 2nd floor, Morris University Center (Programs available the day of the event)
 All Faculty, Staff, and Students are welcome to attend student presentations.
 Current SIUE students who attend one or more presentations will be eligible to enter a drawing for an iPOD-nano.

1:30 - 4:00 Individual Appointments with Bob Lowman
Talk to grants expert Bob Lowman about proposals, getting funding, etc.
Contact Lil Manning at for a half-hour appointment.
E-mail for an appointment.

4:30 - 6:00 Chancellor's Researchers' Reception
Hosted by Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift
Honoring faculty & staff who submitted external grants from 3/1/2005-2/28/2006
(By Invitation Only)

To sign-up for workshops or for more information,
contact Linda Skelton
Graduate Studies & Research
extension 2958 or

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Blagojevich Announces $74K Training Grant To Corn Growers; NCERC Teaming With U of I, SWIC

(CHICAGO) Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced yesterday a $74,000 High Technology School-to-Work training grant to the Illinois Corn Growers Association, which will be used to prepare Illinois college students to transition from school to high-skilled, high-paying jobs in the field of biotechnology. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and is a part of Gov. Blagojevich's High Technology School-to-Work Initiative.

As part of that grant, the Illinois Corn Growers Association and SIUE's National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC), in partnership with the University of Illinois and Southwestern Illinois College, will develop a training and internship program to prepare college students for high-technology jobs in biofuels or other process-related industries. These interns will experience hands-on training in plants or labs to expose them to occupations as engineers, maintenance specialists, plan operators, lab technicians or sales representatives for a variety of employers throughout Illinois. The project partners will begin to recruit student in June 2006.

NCERC Director Martha Schlicher praised the governor's program, saying a ready and trained workforce is a critical component in ensuring continued growth of a rapidly expanding renewable fuels industry. "This growth is critical to the US in providing alternative fuels to current petroleum imports," Schlicher said. "The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center is uniquely capable of aiding the industry in this regard by serving as a commercial pilot plant.

"With all the unit operations of a commercial biofuels/bioprocessing plant, students and recent graduates can obtain hands-on work experiences at the Center that will prepare them for industrial careers. While interns come to work at the Center from across the country," she said, "SIUE students have the good fortune that the NCERC is right on their campus-with opportunities for student workers, interns and graduate students."

Blagojevich said his High Technology School-to-Work Program is "preparing Illinois' workforce of tomorrow for high-wage, high-skill jobs" that require advanced technical training. "Increasing the number of trained students pursuing biotech careers will have a profound impact on the economy for years to come," the governor said. "This is an important investment in both our students and our economic future, and we are proud to partner with the Illinois Corn Growers Association in this innovative initiative."

The High Technology School-to-Work Program provides grants to consortia of high technology businesses and local schools. Projects are designed by partnerships among employers, associations and schools to provide youth with work experience in high technology occupations, combined with closely related classroom instruction. These programs allow students to explore careers in fields such as information technology, biotechnology, engineering, agriculture, electronics, medical technology and advanced manufacturing.

"Gov. Blagojevich's High Technology School-to-Work Program gives us in the biotech industry the tools to create a future workforce that is prepared to serve the growing biotech field," said Corn Growers Association Executive Director Rodney Weinzierl. "We are teaching students through a hands-on, interactive learning process and exposing them to a variety of important career opportunities."

Illinois Sen. William Haine (D-Alton) said the School-to-Work grant is an extension of the biotech momentum that is building across the state. "Investing in the biotech industry in Illinois today means preparing our students for the high-tech jobs of tomorrow, and I want to thank Gov. Blagojevich for his unwavering support of this important program."

Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville) said: "Illinois is an international destination for biotechnology, and we will continue to compete for high-tech business investments based on the skills of our workforce. To create a highly trained workforce that can compete in the global economy, Gov. Blagojevich and I know we need to expose more students to careers in the life sciences and biotechnology."

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SIUE To Open Exhibition By Six Painters At UC Gallery

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Erling Sjovold, whose paintings have been called "meditations on particularities of place and the abstractions of space," will speak about his work at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the atrium lobby of the Art and Design Building.

After Sjovold speaks, a reception will follow in the University Gallery, where an exhibit of paintings, Observations and Fabrications, opens with the work of Sjovold and five other painters. In addition to his speaking on campus, Sjovold also will be teaching drawing-painting master classes to SIUE art and design majors.

" Observations and Fabrications is an exhibition of six painters, all in mid-career, whose approaches to landscape contain a balance between recording their observations and inventing upon them," said Brigham Dimick, assistant professor of Art and Design at SIUE and head of the drawing area for that department.

"Each of these artists engages with the particularities of a place, its qualities of light and indigenous flora, to ground their inventions within a context they experienced intimately." In addition to Sjovold, other artists in the exhibition include Jane Barrow, Brian Chu, John DenHouter, Kristin Musgnug, and Kristin Quinn. Most of the artists also will be on hand for the reception.

Dimick explained that these artists maintain a practice of painting en plein air, the French term artists use to describe painting directly outdoors. "The complementary processes of recording and inventing in these paintings are analogous to the way reportage informs the writing of memoir and history," Dimick said. "Qualities are amplified, altered, or dispensed with in order to sift through the facts and arrive at constructions of truth. The particular information is filtered through memory and distilled, then framed within other contexts to direct interpretation.

"The painters in this exhibition are involved in the observation of nature as a vehicle for invention. Their paintings of landscape are cultural constructions created in a context where nature itself is experienced, more than ever, in culturally prescribed ways."

There is no admission charge to the lecture or the reception; both are open to the public. For more information, call the Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3071.

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'Immigrants In Our Midst' Workshop Set For April 20 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A two-part workshop concerning current federal immigration issues and reform, as well as Latino cultural competency, will be conducted from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 20, in the Morris University Center.

Attorney Marti L. Jones, director of the Immigration Project in Granite City, will present information about the pending federal immigration law and its impact.

Claudia Fabian, of the Latino Coalition for Prevention, will present the second portion of the workshop, which concerns the results of surveys of educational and social service providers to determine the cultural competency of the Latino population, as well as the development of an educational program to provide better service to the Latino population.

The workshop is sponsored by the Latino Roundtable of Metro East, The Immigration Project, SIUE's Volunteer Service office, and the Office of Institutional Compliance. Registration-$20 before April 8 and $25 after-includes continental breakfast, program materials, and parking pass. To register, contact Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt, (618) 650-3472, or

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Cougars Edged By No. 3 Panthers In Elite Eight

(Springfield, Mass.) Buster Perkins' eight-foot jumper with 7.6 seconds remaining lifted No. 3 Virginia Union past Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 60-58 in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament this afternoon.

Mike Hardiek's two free throws tied the game at 58-58 with :42 left in the game. After Perkins' basket, Ty Johnson's 14-foot jump shot fell short in the final seconds that gave the Panthers their 12th consecutive win.

Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points, going 7-for-16 from the field. Hardiek netted all 12 of his points in the second half after picking up two early fouls in the first half. Hardiek added a team-high seven boards.

"There's a reason why Virginia Union is the defending national champion and why Dave Robbins is a hall of fame coach," said SIUE Head Coach Marty Simmons."They're so active defensively and they're always getting their hands on loose balls. I'm proud of the effort we got from our group of guys. They battled, battled and battled. They deserved to win, but Virginia Union just made one more play than us."

SIUE finishes the season with a 25-8 mark. The Panthers improve to 29-3 overall and will play Seattle Pacific in the national semifinals Thursday at 5 p.m. CST.

The Cougars jumped out to a 6-0 lead with 18:47 left in the first half on three-pointers by Ryan Belcher and Johnson. Virginia Union answered with an 11-2 run to lead 11-8 with 14:14 left.

The Panthers held a 21-20 advantage with 7:44 to go in the first half. Justin Ward's three-pointer capped an 11-1 run over the next 3:11 to give SIUE a 30-21 lead. Virginia Union came storming back with a 11-0 spurt to lead 32-30 with :14 left in the half. Nick Arth knocked down a three-pointer with :02 remaining to send SIUE into the locker room with a 33-32 lead. SIUE had entered the game with a 22-1 mark when leading at halftime.

The two teams traded baskets to start the second half as the game was tied 37-37 with 17:36 left in a game that had 15 lead changes. Johnson's three-point jumper finished a 15-6 run over the next 6:36 as SIUE led 52-43 with 8:25 remaining. Duan Crockett's two free throws ended a 10-0 run, giving Virginia Union a 53-52 lead with 4:09 left. Brad Byerson's jumper with 1:03 left put the Panthers up 58-56.

The Cougars displayed their trademark defense in the contest that held the Panthers to 35.2 percent (19-54) from the field, but Virginia Union netted 19 of 26 free throws. SIUE was 8 of 8 from the charity stripe.

Nick Arth netted 11 of his 13 points in the first half as he went 5-for7 from the field, adding six rebounds. Ryan Belcher notched two steals in the contest as that gives him 102, adding to his SIUE record for steals in a season. Belcher had seven points and five rebounds.

Byerson notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Virginia Union outrebounded the Cougars 39-32 in the game. Crockett was just 2-for-13 from the field, but went 9-10 from the free throw line for 14 points.

"I don't think we didn't play well enough to advance," Robbins said. People say that sometimes you have to have luck, and today I thought we got very, very lucky. Regardless, we're proud to be in the position that we're in."

The Cougars end a remarkable season, winning the Great Lakes Regional Championship and the Co-Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division Championship. SIUE set new school-records for wins in a season with 25 and a 16-game winning steak.

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SIUE Headed to Elite Eight

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will compete in its first-ever men's basketball Elite Eight, one that is a landmark event for the NCAA.
The NCAA is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Division II basketball, and the Cougars will be competing at the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass., around the backdrop of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

SIUE, 25-7, will play defending national champion Virginia Union in the national quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. (CST) at the MassMutual Center. Virginia Union, winners of the South Atlantic region, hold a 28-3 record and are ranked No. 3 in the nation in the final regular season NABC/NCAA Division II poll.

All games in the NCAA Tournament will be on WSIE FM 88.7 and SIUE's Web Radio at

The Cougars advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time with a 64-60 overtime victory over No. 17 Southern Indiana. Ty Johnson sank four free throws in the final 12 seconds of overtime to capture the Great Lakes Regional Championship.

"I think we're all a little numb right now. We need to pinch ourselves," said SIUE Coach Marty Simmons after the Cougars' win over Southern Indiana.

Johnson and Mike Hardiek were named to the All-Tournament team, earning that honor by making big shots in the overtime period. Hardiek led the Cougars with 19 points while Johnson added 14. Ryan Belcher was the third Cougar in double digits with 13 points.

Johnson is the team's leading scorer at 12.8 points per game. He broke the school record for free throws, hitting 19 of 22 in the regional semifinals over Quincy.

Hardiek scored a regional tournament high 55 points and is now the team's third-leading scorer at 10.6 points per contest.

J.B. Jones is second in scoring with 11.3 points and a team-leading 4.3 assists per game. When the Cougars play Virginia Union, J.B. Jones, Anthony Jones and Justin Ward will have played in five NCAA Tournament games, the most ever by a Cougar.

Belcher needs just one more steal in the national quarterfinal game to collect 100 steals. He is No. 4 in the nation in steals per game and is No. 4 on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per contest.

Elite Eight

March 22, 23 and 25 at MassMutual Center, Springfield, Mass. (Hosted by American International College and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame)

All times are CST
Wednesday, March 22
Montevallo (29-4) vs. Seattle Pacific (25-5), 11 a.m.
SIU Edwardsville (25-7) vs. Virginia Union (28-3), 1:30 p.m.
Winona State (29-4) vs. Barton (28-3), 5 p.m.
Stonehill (26-6) vs. Tarleton State (27-6), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 23
Semifinal games

Saturday, March 25
Championship game

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Visiting Artist To Conduct Workshops For Art & Design Department

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Hedi Kyle, an associate professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and internationally known for her artist book creations, will serve as a visiting artist at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on March 21 and 22, conducting workshops, lecturing, and critiquing students' work.

"Over the last 30 years no one has had a greater influence on the developing field of artist books than Hedi Kyle," said Laura Strand, associate professor of Art and Design at SIUE. "She has been a pioneer in the field, inventing many of the book structures that are now widely used. Her list of students reads as a virtual who's who of the book art genre."

Kyle recently retired as head conservator at the American Philosophical Society and continues to teach in the MFA program in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts. She earned a diploma from the Werk-Kunst Schule in Wiesbaden, Germany, in graphic design but soon began to focus on book conservation and the book as art form.

"Her one-of-a-kind constructions have been exhibited internationally, and are in private and public collections," Strand pointed out. Kyle will give a public lecture about her work at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the atrium lobby of SIUE's Art and Design Building.

For more information, call the SIUE Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3071.

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'Celebration of World Faiths' Launches WoRKS Religion and Science Series; Part of CAS Colloquium

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of the Religious Center (FRC), a support group for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center, is sponsoring its Fourth Annual A Celebration of World Faiths (CWF) from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the domed center, located on the SIUE campus between the Morris University Center and the Art and Design Building.

The event is part of a three-day colloquium sponsored by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences. (See accompanying article)

This year's event also introduces the WoRKS Group, a three-year series of distinguished speakers and public dialogue concerning issues involving science and religion that begins this fall at the University. WoRKS, one of more than 200 societies worldwide, is supported by a grant from the Metanexus Institute of Religion and Science in Philadelphia, which funds initiatives concerning the constructive engagement of science and religion.

Those making presentations at the April 1 event are: Rev. Joseph Fortier SJ, of the Saint Louis University biology faculty, who will speak on the topic "Teilhard, Evolutionary Theory and Christian Theology"; Abdullatif Hamad, of the SIUE Department of Physics, who will speak about "Islam and the History of Science and Optics"; and Leonard Perlmutter, founding director of the American Meditation Institute in Albany, N.Y., who will speak about the "Philosophy of Health in Hinduism and Ayurvedic Medicine."

The goal is an evening of learning and fellowship, and an opportunity to tell visitors more about the Friends of the Religious Center and about the WoRKS project. The FRC is dedicated to

preserving the Religious Center as the place on campus for serving the spiritual needs of SIUE students, as well as preserving its architectural importance.

The center is a geodesic dome in the form of a transparent replica of planet Earth. It was designed in 1971 by renowned theorist and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. "The Religious Center is dedicated to keeping religious faith and experience in dialogue with higher education, and serves both the campus and the regional public," said Greg Fields, an associate professor of Philosophy at the University and FRC board chair.

The Friends of the Religious Center was formed six years ago as a support group for the center, Fields pointed out. "The FRC board of directors is made up of about a dozen members of the university community and the surrounding community at-large. Also included in the group are the two ministerial directors headquartered at the center.

"We all share an interest in the Religious Center for its programming available to the university community and for its architectural significance."

Admission is free to the April 1 event, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments with ethnic themes will be served and everyone is welcome.

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CAS To Feature Events March 29-April 1 About Religion In Relation To Art, Science, Politics, Ethics

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is sponsoring a series of events with the theme "Thinking about Religion," featuring topics of religion in relation to art, science, politics, ethics and other areas. The events are free and open to the public.

SIUE Faculty, staff, and students will make presentations and engage in dialogue about a range of topics concerning religion from March 29 through April 1, says Greg Fields, associate professor of Philosophy at SIUE. "Religion is a critical topic in America today, but public universities have been largely silent on the subject," said Fields, who is coordinator of the University's Religious Studies minor.

"The study of religion is an important lens on human experience, and on the future of humanity. SIUE faculty in several disciplines conduct research concerning religion in many of its forms and spheres of influence," Fields said. "We welcome the regional public to participate in the learning and dialogue that this event will promote."

The first event is a museum exhibit, "Divine Design: Sacred Arts of Asia and Africa," which opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the SIUE Religious Center. The exhibit, prepared by SIUE students, includes works from SIUE's museum collection. The exhibit interprets the religious traditions of West and East Africa, Santeria, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Islam.

Cultural specialists Anushiya Sivanarayanan, associate professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE, and Rudy Wilson, assistant provost for Cultural and Social Diversity at SIUE, will speak about art and religion in Asian and African traditions. For information, contact Assistant SIUE Anthropology Professor Cory Willmott by telephone, (618) 650-2748, or by e-mail:

"Thinking About Religion" continues with the CAS Spring Colloquium scheduled March 30-31 at SIUE's Morris University Center and in the SIUE Religious Center. The colloquium includes presentations of papers, panel and roundtable discussions, as well as exhibits on topics such as politics and Islam; science and religion; poetry, music and art as expressions of religion; and the Black Church.

Noted "controversialist" Stanley Fish will present the keynote address of the colloquium at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the Morris Center. Fish contends religion will replace such controversial topics as race, class, and gender, as one of the "hot button" issues that universities, whether private or public, will need to address in the coming years.

Currently the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Law at Florida International University, Fish holds a doctorate from Yale. Tickets are $5; contact Paula Caveny by telephone, (618) 650-5049, or by e-mail:

Colloquium presentations and panels are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day. The public is welcome to attend any or all sessions free of charge; a complete program is available on-line at

The final event of the series is the Fourth Annual Celebration of World Faiths at the Religious Center, with the theme of Science and Religion. The faiths represented this year are Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. (See accompanying article) For information, contact Associate SIUE Philosophy Professor Greg Fields by telephone, (618) 650-2461, or by e-mail:

Parking for the events is available in the attendant parking lot between the Religious Center and Morris University Center. Parking in this lot is free on Saturday evening for the Celebration of World Faiths. Those with a disability may contact the appropriate person for that event.

Sponsors of the four-day series of events are the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Student Affairs, and Friends of the Religious Center at SIUE. The events are partially funded by an SIUE Excellence in Undergraduate Education grant, the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Metanexus Institute of Science and Religion.

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UCM To Sponsor Annual 'Death By Chocolate Affair' At Religious Center

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The United Campus Ministry (UCM), with offices in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center, will sponsor its Sixth Annual "A Death by Chocolate Affair" from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the center.

The Rev. Paul Burden, UCM director, says the event is an important UCM fund-raiser. "Members of the surrounding communities are invited to tempt their taste buds with the pure enjoyment of 'sinfully' delicious desserts from some favorite establishments," Burden said.

"Local restaurants and establishments-Houlihan's, Rusty's, Sacred Grounds, My Just Desserts and La Bonne Bouchee de St. Louis, to name a few-will be donating chocolate desserts and, for the cost of admission, folks can sample as much chocolate as they wish.

"We anticipate about 20 establishments will be supporting this event," Burden said, "but we'll also have chocolate treats from local kitchens."

Admission is $10; children under 12 and students, $8. A pre-filled sampler plate available "to go" is $10. For more information, call (618) 650-3248, or, e-mail:

The UCM on campus represents the American Baptist Churches USA, the United Methodist Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and the Church of the Brethren. UCM integrates fellowship, service, study, and worship for students, faculty, and staff, to provide a place to grow and to be challenged, with acceptance and love.

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SIUE Awarded $1.9 Million Education Grant

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University has been awarded $1.9 million to establish a professional development center to support schools throughout 41 counties in the southern part of the state.

The Illinois State Board of Education award was granted with funds received from the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant calls for creation of the Southern Illinois Regional Professional Development Center to deliver research-based professional development and technical assistance, increase participation of parents in decision-making in schools, incorporate professional development content into the curriculum of future educators, and evaluate the effectiveness of project activities.

The project is being called a "multi-level" endeavor to provide for professional development of pre-service and in-service educators. Design of the project was a collaborative effort among faculty and administrators at SIU Edwardsville, SIU Carbondale, regional offices of education, special education cooperatives, school districts, and parent organizations.

Creators of the grant said the program will increase the overall achievement of all students, while also identifying and providing additional instruction and support for students who may be at-risk for experiencing educational difficulties.

"The center will support schools in designing a system that provides a true continuum of services between general education and special education," said Melissa Bergstrom, principal grant writer and assistant professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders at SIU Edwardsville.

Bergstrom said the initiative will begin with an "integration of knowledge and skills" into the education curriculum at SIUE and SIUC. "The center will focus on increasing the achievement of all students by focusing on strategic instruction for each student."

The professional development center will be co-directed by Bergstrom and Michael McCollum. Nancy Mundschenk, associate professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education at SIU Carbondale, and Regina Foley, a professor at SIUC, will serve as regional coordinators at SIUC.

Susan Claflin, assistant professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders at SIUE, will serve as a regional coordinator. Deb Einhorn, director of the statewide Family Matters Project, headquartered in Effingham, and Victoria Scott, an associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders at SIUE, will be parent coordinators.

Ann Schwarm, director of the Educational Services Division of the Regional Office of Education #3, will be the standards aligned curriculum coordinator. Ken Hill will be conducting the evaluation of the projects.

Under the program guidelines, Bergstrom said, schools may submit a competitive application to work in partnership with the center. "Schools will select representative teams to participate in the center's training program," Bergstrom said. "These teams will have the charge of implementing the new practices and procedures in their schools.

"The school teams will receive 3-5 years of support as they implement the educational systems change," Bergstrom said. The center also will be working with institutions of higher education across Southern Illinois "to integrate the cutting-edge practices of the Center" into the curriculum for future educators, Bergstrom explained.

"This will impact the education of all future school personnel in order to better prepare them to become leaders in improving educational practices."

State School Superintendent Randy Dunn said he believed the center will be a great asset to school districts as they strive to meet the guidelines laid out by the No Child Left Behind Act. "We have an obligation at the state level to reach out to these districts and provide assistance to them and this partnership with SIU will allow us to accomplish that objective here in Southern Illinois."

SIU President Glenn Poshard, a former high school teacher and former director of a regional educational service program, praised the collaborative effort. "The SIU campuses have assembled a team of outstanding partners including local education agencies, regional providers, and parent entities to create a research-based program of personnel development and technical assistance in the southern region of Illinois," Poshard said.

"We want to ensure that at-risk children and children with disabilities get the opportunities to improve their educational outcomes," he said. "As the leading institutions of higher education in the region, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are well equipped to accomplish this goal."

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Cougar Basketball Makes Sweet Sixteen: A bus load of fans took off from SIUE for Rensselaer, Ind., Tuesday afternoon, on the way to see the Men's Basketball Cougars take on the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles at 7 p.m. in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament. This is only the third time in school history the SIUE men's team has been among the elite national group. The winner of the Tuesday night game will advance to the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass., March 22-26. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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SIUE Is Calling All Young Entrepreneurs

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business is seeking young entrepreneurs to help them get an early start along the path to success. Students from grades 6 through 12 are invited to display their creations, and learn what it takes to make a business grow.

The Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center at SIUE is sponsoring the first Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase on Saturday, April 8. Children will be able to set up a booth and showcase their product, service or idea. Children will present original work in categories, including best booth design, best business idea, and best business card design. The program is aimed at generating interest in business among young people, and to introduce them to the University.

"I would love for more kids to come to the SIUE campus," said Kristine Polo, director of the Entrepreneurship Center.

Polo explained, "We decided to hold the program, featuring products or services. A participant could be an 8th grader who makes bracelets. We'll be encouraging children to start their own businesses. They will come with their product and they can even have order forms available."

Seminars will take place highlighting how a business plan is written, and how to start a business. The event will provide a link between students and individuals who might want to purchase their products as well as individuals that may want to help the students grow their business, Polo noted. She added the seminars are open to children and parents. "We're here to foster this entrepreneurial climate in the community," she said. "That's really the mission of the Entrepreneurship Center."

The Entrepreneurship Center is looking for sponsors for advertising, booth fees, and prizes for participants.

Those interested in receiving a form to register for the program are encouraged to call (618) 650-2166. The Entrepreneurship Center serves a 10-county region, including Madison, Bond, Macoupin, Jersey, Calhoun, Randolph, Clinton, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washington counties.

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MESA program provides opportunities for area youth

(ALTON, Ill.) Area Junior high students spent lab time creating an alarm device with the help of SIUE Engineering graduate students at a recent electrical engineering session of SIUE's Midwest Engineering and Science Association (MESA) Pre-College Program. The MESA Program, sponsored by the School of Engineering under the guidance of Ron Banks, assistant to the dean, encourages under-represented ethnic minority students as well as economically disadvantaged majority junior high school students to pursue careers in science and engineering.

The MESA program does this by acquainting participants with required courses, helping them improve their test scores, and making them more competitive as prospective undergraduate science or engineering majors. The program provides students with hands-on activities and role models .The sessions are conducted on selected Saturdays on the SIUE campus.

Click on numbers at right for recent MESA sessions: 1 | 2

Photo One: Pradnya Deokar of Sholapur, India, a graduate student in the SIUE School of Engineering, is shown here helping a student build an electronic alarm as part of the MESA program at SIUE.

Photo Two: James F. Brown of East St. Louis, a senior in the SIUE School of Engineering, is shown here helping a student build an electronic alarm as part of the MESA program at SIUE.

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Southern Illinois University delegation is visiting Cuba

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and SIUC's Larry Dietz, vice chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, are leading a contingent of 18 delegates from Southern Illinois University on an educational research mission in Cuba. The delegation, which left over the weekend, represents a broad cross-section of students, faculty, and administrators participating in the visit which is aimed at fostering educational and research relationships between the University and Cuba's institutions of higher education.

C. Otis Sweezey, chair of the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance and a costume designer who has studied Cuba's culture extensively, also is part of the visiting delegation. Also traveling from SIUE is Aleisha Steele, a student government representative.

SIU is among only four universities in the country given approval by the U.S. government to conduct educational missions to Cuba. SIU's initial visit occurred five years ago when the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon helped organize and lead the first Cuba trip. In addition to Vandegrift, Dietz, Sweezey and Steele, there are 14 delegates consisting of students, faculty, and administrators from three SIU campuses, representing a wide variety of academic and administrative backgrounds.

Faculty members from the SIU School of Law, including Sen. Simon's daughter, Sheila Simon, the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute are among delegates attending. Student representatives include Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole, and SIUC Daily Egyptian reporter Monique Garcia.

The mission, which will last nine days, includes visits to Havana and outlying provinces. Each delegate will be paired with a Cuban delegate of the same academic background. Cuban students in anthropology, theater, and architectural preservation will join SIU students during the mission.

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Flu Virus Is Working Overtime; Pharmacist Says Stay Inside, Wash Your Hands and Cover That Cough

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Metropolitan St. Louis area is seeing a high number of people hard-hit by the flu, as well as a long flu season, said Erin Timpe, an assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy.

The flu season may last as late as springtime, she said, and this year's season remains alive and well. With this in mind, Timpe, who is director of the Drug Information and Wellness Center on campus, warns people of all ages to exercise caution when coming in contact with others, practice good hand-washing habits, cover their mouths when coughing, avoid touching their eyes and mouths, and stay indoors if they become sick.

Symptoms of the flu strike suddenly, and can include fever that usually is continuous; body chills, headache, and aches and pains in the back, legs and arms; pain when moving the eyes; loss of appetite, fatigue and general feeling of sickness, and dry cough, runny nose and a dry or sore throat.

Timpe said the lifecycle of the influenza virus-the cause of the illness known as the flu-most commonly runs from three to five days with some symptoms remaining for up to 14 days. Prescription medications can cut the lifecycle by about a day, she said.

Along with cutting the amount of time a person is ill, Tamiflu, an anti-viral medication administered to attack the influenza virus specifically "may be used to help prevent illness in those exposed to the virus," she said. "We still have a very high incidence of flu in this area."

To decrease the spread of the flu, Timpe said, "Be cautious as you would for any disease. Make sure to wash your hands and cover your mouth, and if you suspect you have the illness, try to stay home if you can."

Nothing sold over the counter has been proven to treat the illness, Timpe said, noting only two anti-viral medications are being used to treat the current flu strain. Relenza, which is an inhaled anti-viral agent, and Tamiflu, which is administered as a liquid to children and as a capsule to adults, are the two medication options available. Some over-the-counter medications, however, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, for example), may be used to relieve some flu symptoms.

But taking medications is not a replacement for the annual flu shot, Timpe said. She said anyone who is eligible for a flu shot should get one each winter, prior to the anticipated breakout of the virus.

The high-risk factor category not only includes individuals with chronic diseases, but also those over the age of 65, children who are less than a year old, pregnant women and nursing mothers. While pregnant patients, nursing mothers and children less than a year old cannot take the prescription medications available, a physician may need to be involved to prevent or treat complications such as dehydration due to flu symptoms, Timpe said.

To anyone who experiences symptoms, Timpe said, "Make sure to get plenty of rest, drink fluids, and avoid alcohol and tobacco. If you feel that you would benefit from medication, speak to your doctor as soon as symptoms develop." Medication must be administered within 48 hours in order for it to be effective.

Timpe continued, "Keep in mind that these medications are not appropriate for everyone. I would encourage anybody with symptoms who has any type of chronic disease especially-such as diabetes or heart disease-to speak to their doctors immediately."

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Photos: Tim Wright \ Alan Grammar

Two Cougars Named to NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame

(FINDLAY, Ohio) Tim Wright and Alan Grammer, a pair of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestlers who helped the Cougars to three consecutive national championships in the 1980s, were inducted today into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Committee for the NCAA II Wrestling Coaches Association conducted the ceremony at the Findlay (OH) Country Club. The event preceded the start of the 44th Annual NCAA II National Wrestling Championships, hosted by the University of Findlay.

The 11th class of NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees includes Coach Lars Jensen of San Francisco State and Coach P.J. Smith of North Carolina-Pembroke.

Tim Wright began his wrestling career at Rock Island (IL) High School. Wright won two Illinois State Championships and during his final two seasons he notched a record of 64-1. As a senior he was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in Illinois.

Wright wrestled for retired SIUE Coach Larry Kristoff, an NCAA Division II Hall of Fame Coach. Wrestling at 118 pounds, Wright made NCAA history by becoming the first wrestler to win four consecutive national championships. His team won national titles in 1984, 1985 and 1986, and placed second in 1987. His career mark was 141-6-2, an SIUE record for winning percentage. Wright also earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I level by placing third nationally.

Earning a degree in business administration from SIUE, Wright has been successfully involved in coaching since his days as a competitor. For several years he was an assistant coach at Augustana College in his hometown of Rock Island. While there, he helped coach three NCAA III National Champions and six All-Americans. He currently is the assistant coach at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis , where he has helped coach four state champions and 13 state qualifiers.

In fall 2005, Tim was inducted into the inaugural class of the SIUE Athletic Hall of Fame. Tim and his wife, Jennifer, and their five children Ondraius, Brandon, Timmothy, Timolin, and Alannah live in Indianapolis, Ind.

Grammer began his wrestling career at Reitz High School in Evansville, Ind. While at Reitz, he was a three time Indiana State Finalist posting an 83-3 record during his four-year career. He was a two-time state runner-up and as a senior he won the state championship and was awarded Indiana's Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Grammer wrestled in three NCAA II National Tournaments for the Cougars and his team won by a large margin each year. Grammer won national titles in 1985 and 1986, and earned All-American honors two other times by placing third in the 1985 NCAA I Nationals and fifth in the 1986 NCAA I Nationals. During the 1986 season, Grammar was selected to compete in the prestigious East-West All Star Match, in which he defeated the NCAA I national champion Billy Kelly of Iowa State University 9-7. Grammer's overall career record at SIUE was 119-17-1.

Grammer owns and operates Gateway Dog Fence Inc. with offices in Edwardsville, St. Louis and St. Charles, Mo. He and his wife, Rhonda, and their three children-Jordan, Hayden and Sydney-live in Edwardsville.

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Click here for architect's rendering of proposed residence hall

Residence Hall Name Set By SIU Board Of Trustees

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today gave power to the Board's Executive Committee to award contracts for construction of a new residence hall at SIU Edwardsville that will bring the total of residence halls on campus to four. The proposal also names the newest residence hall Evergreen Hall.

Bids will be let and contracts will be awarded by mid-April, allowing the construction process to begin immediately. Evergreen Hall is expected to be finished for opening in fall 2007.

This newest hall, approved at the Board's regular meeting in October, will accommodate 511 students and will bring the total of students living on campus to more than 3,500. The hall will contain mostly "apartment-style" units, housing upperclassmen and graduate students.

Unlike the three previous residence halls, the new hall will house upperclassmen and graduate students who want to continue to live near the campus core. Such students are currently housed in Cougar Village Apartments, just north of the core campus.

The project includes construction of a three-story, 511-bed student residence encompassing 190,000 square feet to be located just south of SIUE's Bluff Hall near the southwest corner of Circle Drive and Whiteside Road. The project also includes a 550-space parking lot.

The plan calls for units ranging from single and double rooms and suite arrangements with

bathrooms to two- to four-bedroom apartments with full kitchen facilities. Plans for the new residence hall were drawn from committee recommendations and a survey of currents students who live off-campus.

In other business pertaining to SIUE today, the SIU Board considered a proposal to grant continued leasing of more than 1,500 computer workstations on campus at a cost of approximately $1,150 per workstation.

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MRF Founder, SIUE Foundation Board Member To Receive Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor two supporters of the University at May Commencement ceremonies-one a founder of the legendary Mississippi River Festival (MRF), who at the time was executive director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO), and the other a long-time advocate through her work with the SIUE Foundation.

Rita Hardy, who has been a member of the SIUE Foundation Board since 1994 and a tireless volunteer and fund raiser for several area organizations, will receive the SIUE Distinguished Service Award. The award is given at commencement exercises to honor those who have demonstrated outstanding service to the university, the region, and the state.

Peter Pastreich, who was executive director of the SLSO from 1969-1974 and who played a pivotal role in the establishment, planning, and operation of SIUE's legendary festival, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Pastreich will be honored for collaborating with University officials in giving form and substance to the MRF vision, while managing the orchestra's involvement in the festival and overseeing its artistic programming.

In 1978, Pastreich became executive director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for more than two decades, achieving what many referred to as "an enviable record of artistic and financial achievement." Today, Pastreich continues to serve as a consultant in the training of orchestra managers, strategic planning, and conflict resolution.

Hardy, a long-time volunteer and supporter of many organizations in the St. Louis area-including the American Heart Association, Shriner's Hospital, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, to name a few-is very active with the SIUE Meridian Society, the women's philanthropy group that is part of the SIUE Foundation.

Serving as treasurer, vice president, and president of the SIUE Foundation Board of Directors, Hardy also has been chair of the Board. She has served as co-chair of the SIUE Arboretum Committee, continuing to be active with the Donal S. Myer Arboretum as it becomes part of the Gardens at SIUE.

She established the Bob Hardy Memorial Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism at SIUE, in memory of her late husband, the renowned KMOX news anchor, commentator, and broadcaster. Rita "Re" Hardy also established the American Heart Walk in memory of her husband, and continues to be an advocate for education, awareness, and prevention of heart disease.

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SIU Board Of Trustees Considers Increase In Tuition

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Under a proposal considered today by the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, new undergraduate students entering SIU Edwardsville this fall would pay $408 more in annual tuition than new students who entered the University in fall 2005. The proposal is part of the University's guaranteed tuition plan, under which students pay their entering tuition rate for four years.

The proposal, given first reading today at the board's regular meeting at SIU Carbondale, would create an annual tuition rate of $4,758 for new undergraduate students entering this coming fall. Students who entered SIUE in fall 2005 currently pay a $4,350 rate. The proposal will see a final vote at the board's May 11 meeting at the Edwardsville campus.

The SIUE plan also calls for $15,750 total tuition for a new 15-month accelerated bachelor of Nursing program offered by the SIUE School of Nursing, as well as a $13,200 annual tuition rate for the SIUE School of Pharmacy and an $18,150 annual tuition rate at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton.

Students currently in the accelerated nursing program are paying $13,300 for the entire 15-month program, while Pharmacy students currently are paying $12,200 annually and Dental students currently are paying $16,500 annually.

The accelerated nursing program is a post-baccalaureate sequence of study leading to a BSN in 70 credit hours. Applicants who have already earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited

university and have completed all pre-Nursing requirements are eligible to enter the accelerated program in the SIUE School of Nursing.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy, the only such school in downstate Illinois, opened its doors last fall to 82 students who were among more than 400 who applied. This year, the number of applicants for fall 2006 has substantially increased, with more than 80 percent of them residents of Illinois.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine has been serving the healthcare needs of Southern Illinois for nearly 30 years by graduating quality dental care professionals, many of whom practice in downstate Illinois.

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SIUE Fee, Rental Rate Changes Considered By SIU Board Of Trustees

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today considered for first reading SIU Edwardsville's plans to increase the SIUE School of Pharmacy Student Technology fee, from $188 to $208, because of rising costs of risk insurance and replacement for laptop computers. The new fee, which provides a laptop for each Pharmacy student, would be effective in Fall Semester.

The Board also considered for first reading changes in SIUE's housing rental fees, as well as various other student fees, all effective Fall Semester 2007. The information items were presented at the board's regular meeting at SIU Carbondale.

According to Pharmacy Dean Phil Medon, implementation of the laptop program last year was met with enthusiasm by the students. "While students in our program are assessed this technology fee, they are not assessed the Textbook Rental Fee or the Student-To-Student Grant Program fee as other SIUE students," he said. "With this increase, the School of Pharmacy's tuition and fees remain very competitive."

Another proposal considered today by the Board calls for a $305 increase per semester, from $1,680 to $1,985, in the rental rates for a shared room in Woodland, Prairie, and Bluff residence halls, effective Fall 2007. A deluxe single room would increase $610 per semester, from $3,360 to $3,970.

Meal plan fee changes for students in the residence halls will range from $35 more per semester for Plan A (most popular) to $50 more per semester for Plan B.

Upperclassmen residing in Cougar Village Apartments will see a $25 increase per month for two-and-three bedroom, unfurnished and furnished apartments, while students in a three-bedroom furnished apartment will see a $30 increase per month, all effective Fall 2006.

Under a separate proposal, the Board also considered today a change in the Campus Housing Activity Fee for single and family residents at SIUE. Single resident students would see an increase from $14.50 to $15 per semester and from $9.50 to $10 during summer term, both effective summer 2006. This fee supports programming, activities, and services for residential students on campus.

In addition, various student fees would change for undergraduate students under separate proposals considered today by the Board: Student Welfare and Activity Fee (SWAF), Athletics Fee, Textbook Rental Fee, Student-to-Student Grant Fee, the Morris University Center fee, and the Student Fitness Center fee.

For a full-time student (15 hours), the Textbook Rental Fee will increase to $128.25 per semester in FY07, up from $105 in FY06. The fee increase is necessary because of an anticipated 12 percent rise in textbook costs annually.

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SIUE Technology Fee Considered By SIU Board Of Trustees

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today considered adding an information technology (IT) fee to those paid by students at SIU Edwardsville for wireless connectivity throughout campus and to expand the high-speed fiber network to Cougar Village Apartments, as well as providing more IT services for a growing campus student population.

If approved at the Board's May meeting, students entering SIUE in the fall will see an hourly rate of $6 added to the fee structure. For example, a student enrolled in 12 hours would pay an additional $72 in fees per semester. The consideration of the proposal today took place at the board's regular meeting at SIU Carbondale.

According to the proposal before the Board, the IT fee is necessary to keep up with the ever increasing costs of maintaining and improving SIUE's information technology infrastructure. The proposal states that computer network maintenance and improvements have been funded through so-called "jack charges," but such funds haven't kept up with demand.

Each year, the need for computer resources has required an ever-greater infrastructure, according to the proposal before the Board.

In other fee considerations, the Board was presented today with a proposal to create a Student Academic Success Center Fee, effective fall semester. The $30 fee would be added to the current fee

structure each semester. It will cover the design services being requested on a planned Student Academic Success Center to be constructed adjacent to SIUE's Morris University Center.

The proposal cites the increased number of residential students at SIUE who need more space for academic-student support services. In addition, the University's academic-support services are scattered throughout campus. The proposed 58,000-square-foot center would concentrate all such services under one roof.

The fee is expected to generate more than $655,000 to fund design costs. The Office for Student Affairs will make a presentation about the new center at the Board's May meeting.

In another matter today that concerns SIUE, the Board considered the University's "Design Guidelines for Architects and Engineers." The guidelines were developed to assure that architectural consistency and quality are preserved on the SIUE campus, and that new buildings will add to the sense of an architecturally unified campus.

At its June 2005 meeting, the Board requested a similar set of guidelines from the Carbondale campus, which would cover landscape, circulation, signage, architecture, flexibility for expansion, and public art. These are the same areas covered in SIUE's version approved today. SIUC's guidelines also were approved today by the board.

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SIUE Meridian Society Promotes School of Nursing Initiative

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nearly $5,000 for a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing initiative means the world to the Children's Museum of Edwardsville. That is, the money will be used to open the world to area children.

The SIUE Meridian Society-a group of philanthropic women, named after the 90th meridian which runs through campus-stretches its reach to touch hearts by providing financial assistance to civic and University programs.

Through Health Children Healthy Community (HC2), ideas will be turned into displays at the Children's Museum, 727 Holyoake Road, to help change unhealthy behavior patterns and promote positive choices among children.

HC2 Coordinator Alisa Williams, an instructor for the SIUE School, said nursing students created interactive displays based on the top seven health concerns for children, including asthma, nutrition and fitness, medication safety, childhood illnesses, eye and ear health, and broken bones and accidents.

Dixie Engelman, the Meridian Society's president, said she sees herself as "a middle-class kind of person." A retired associate professor of speech pathology and former acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Engelman's presence on campus has always been commanding.

Prompted by the SIUE Foundation, Engelman led the charge in October 2003; joining forces with other area women to form the society. It did not take long for her to see that ordinary people can make a difference. "I thought you couldn't be a philanthropist unless you were well-heeled," she said. But a group of what she describes as "ordinary, middle-class" women was born.

Members of the organization pledge to contribute a pre-determined amount to the philanthropic cause. The women-only group then decides to what agencies the money will go in the form of donations.

In its first year, the Meridian Society donated $15,610 to a variety of SIUE and community groups, including the University's Head Start program in St. Clair County, the Donal G. Myer Arboretum, the SIU School of Dental Medicine's celebration of national Give Kids a Smile Day, which is sponsored annually by the American Dental Association, to the SIUE Department of Mass Communications for a video to promote the Col. Benjamin Stephens House in Edwardsville, and others.

The Meridian Society gave $21,711 in 2005, allocating the following:

  • $2,976 to the University's Upward Bound programs to bring students and their parents to campus for a "discover college" weekend;
  • $4,000 to the University's Department of Theater and Dance for costumes and sets for a summer community theater series that involves children and adults from the Edwardsville area;
  • $4,850 to the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton to develop an educational video and training seminar for school nurses that explains soft drinks and oral health; and
  • $5,000 to the Office of Science and Math Education to underwrite tuition to a summer science camp for 17 needy children.

The next round of grants to be awarded will occur at a May 8 ceremony SIUE's B. Barnard Birger Hall, at the Society's Spring Awards Dinner.

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School of Nursing Promotes Healthy Community

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Nursing is joining forces with a local group to promote wellness and good decisions among children.

Through an initiative known as Healthy Children Healthy Communities (HC2), SIUE nursing students are working with staff of the Children's Museum of Edwardsville to eradicate unhealthy behavior patterns among children, and reinforce positive choices. Undergraduate students have used a creative approach to add new ideas to an existing "medical clinic" at the museum.

Alisa Williams, an SIUE nursing instructor, said the top seven health concerns for children were the focus of projects; asthma, nutrition and fitness, medication safety, childhood illnesses, eye and ear health, and broken bones and accidents. Williams is an HC2 coordinator.

The project received support from the SIUE Meridian Society, which is a group of philanthropic women who promote community and University projects to enhance the region. The SIUE Foundation, SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs, SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and SIU President Glenn Poshard also are champions of the project.

The initial phase of the HC2 initiative involves expanding the Museum's existing medical center exhibit into an interactive health clinic staffed by nursing faculty and students.

Nursing students have developed interactive play scenarios and games, which include role-playing and mannequin examination. Projects will permanently be displayed at the museum.

"We're very, very proud of this," Williams said. "This gave the students the opportunity to use some of their clinical time to focus on community wellness and health-promotion issues, as opposed to only providing acute care. This allows them to use their nursing knowledge in a creative way."

Williams said it is the hope of the School of Nursing that students will graduate from the program with a sense of community pride. She noted the work with the Children's Museum should foster that pride.

April Lash, a senior nursing student from O'Fallon, said having her project displayed in the museum "will be so satisfying." Her idea for an asthma model was selected by nursing faculty as warranting recognition. Lash will explain her idea to about 70 of her peers-who also will be recognized-nursing faculty and area professionals at an event at the Children's Museum from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15.

Lash and four other students demonstrated how a lung will react to pet dander, pollen, cigarette smoke, cold air, exercise and other factors known to cause attacks in people living with asthma.

"The idea was to create a large, interactive model of what happens during an asthma attack, so the children can actually see the lungs reacting to triggers," Lash said. "We'll also expose the lung to sunshine and reading; things that would not cause an attack."

While the concept has been introduced on poster board, it will take money and some time to bring the idea to fruition, she said. Lash said money still is needed for computers, programming, materials-including lumber and piping to act as airways, as well as a mucous-type substance that can be used to fill the lungs during a mock-attack.

HC2 Coordinator Patricia Fazzone, chair of the School's Department of Family Health and Community Health Nursing, said: "It is our belief that healthy children will in turn foster healthy communities."

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SIUE International Trade Center To Conduct Trade Program March 30

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's International Trade Center (ITC) will present Doing Business With Vietnam And The Philippines, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in SIUE's Technology and Management Center, 245 S. Research Dr., University Park.

Miguel Pardo de Zela, senior commercial officer in Vietnam for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Judy Reinke, commercial counselor for Commerce in The Philippines, will be guest presenters for the seminar.

The event, co-sponsored by the Commerce Department and FedEx, will provide ideas for businesses to expand into the Southeast Asian marketplace, said Silvia Torres, ITC director for the SIUE School of Business. "This program will provide instruction and networking on market trends in these two countries," Torres said. "We hope to uncover new resources to help businesses expand into the overseas markets."

Other seminar co-sponsors include the U.S. Small Business Administration and the SIUE Small Business Development Center.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Overview of the commercial and economic environment in the two countries;
  • Explanation of the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement and its implications for U.S.
  • Key market trends and most recent developments and "hot" sectors for exports;
  • Status of Vietnam's attempts to join the World Trade Organization; and
  • One-on-one counseling with speakers after the seminar, time permitting.

The fee for the seminar is $35, which includes a "networking lunch" and materials. To register, contact the ITC by telephone, (618) 650-3851 or (618) 650-2929, or by e-mail:

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Job Fair Photos 1 | 2 | 3

Photo 1: The Annual Job Fair was conducted recently by the SIUE Career Development Center. More than 110 employers from throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area interviewed more than 800 SIUE students about potential employment and volunteer opportunities. Here, Alicia Johnson of Bethalto, a senior studying Biological Sciences, and her dog, Lirio, spoke with Sam Elkhatib, a district manager for Pfizer Inc. That same day, the CDC also conducted an Education Fair for those students interested in careers in education. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

Photo 2: Here, L'Erin Brown of Venice, a senior studying Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies , speaks with Illinois State Trooper Brian Clay, a field recruiter. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

Photo 3: Here, Precious Leaks-Gutierrez, of St. Louis Arc, a social service agency, speaks with Erin Ainscough of Pana, a junior studying Speech Pathology and Audiology. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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Prairie Grass Burning photos 1 | 2 |

Photo 1: Grounds workers burned prairie grass recently on campus to help future growth, a practice that has been an annual ritual at SIUE for more than 20 years. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

Photo 2: Grounds workers burned prairie grass recently on campus to help future growth, a practice that has been an annual ritual at SIUE for more than 20 years. Here. one of the workers pours water on smouldering grass to put out the fire. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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Wash. U. Ethicist To Speak At SIUE For Fritz Marti Lecture

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Washington University ethicist will discuss the nature of evil at the 31st Annual Fritz Marti Lecture on Thursday, March 16, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

John Doris, an associate professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, will speak about "Skepticism about Evil: From My Lai to Abu Ghraib" at 5 p.m. in the Mississippi-Illinois Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. A reception is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. that day in the same location.

Doris' lecture will focus on recent work in moral psychology supporting the claim that the notion of a 'moral character' is based on an outdated psychology. Doris maintains people do not have character in the way that the tradition of "virtue ethics" claims that they do. He further contends judgments that a person's bad actions arise out of an evil character are false, and need to be replaced by judgments based on a more adequate psychology.

Author of Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior (Cambridge University Press 2002), Doris has won several awards and fellowships, including a research fellowship at the Institute for Humanities Research, University of California, in 2002; a fellowship for College Teachers through the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000-01; a Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow, University Center for Human Values; Princeton University, 1999-2000; and a Resident Graduate Fellow, the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan (1995-96), to name a few.

He also is author of several articles, co-author of chapters in several books, and has made presentations throughout the country.

The Marti lecture was established in spring 1976 to honor the memory of Philosophical Studies Emeritus Professor Fritz Marti, who taught at SIUE from 1966 to 1973. For more information about the March 16 lecture, call the SIUE Department of Philosophy, (618) 650-2250.

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Twenty-Third Annual SIUE Summer Writing Camp Set For June, July

(EDWARDSVILLE, ILL.) The 23rd Annual Summer Writing Day Camp at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been set for two sessions Monday through Friday, June 19-

June 30 and July 10-21.

Enrollment per session is limited to 50 students, ages eight through 18, according to Susan Garrison, an instructor the Department of English Language and Literature and director of the camp.

The camps are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with several hours of classroom development activity, plus recreation periods for softball, swimming, volleyball, bowling, billiards, board games, and nature exploration, among others. In addition, older students will have opportunities to explore other aspects of SIUE campus life, such as attending classes in session, and visit facilities, such as WSIE-FM.

Garrison said writing periods have an excellent pupil-teacher ratio-about eight to one-with development of skills articulating thought in the sentence, the paragraph, and the short essay, as well as, by means of collaborative effort, in such creative forms as drama and fiction. Students at all grade levels will use computers extensively in the composition process, but participants do not need prior experience with computers to do well in the program.

She also pointed out that individual instruction in grammar, spelling, and punctuation,

and other basics of language usage is provided as needed but she also said this is not the total objective of the program. Garrison will be assisted at the day camp by recreational counselors, as well as area elementary and secondary teachers, and university lecturers.

The fee for either of the day camp sessions is $190, which includes a non-refundable $15 enrollment fee upon registration. The $175 balance is due no later than June 16 for the first session or July 7 for the second session.

For more information, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-2060, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2060.

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SIUE's IS Director Wins Two National Awards:

Karen Patty-Graham, director of SIUE Instructional Services, received two national awards recently during the 30th Annual Conference of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) in Philadelphia.

Patty-Graham received the Henry Young Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to NADE, which recognizes long-term contribution of time and energy to the Association. She has been involved for 30 years in higher education learning assistance programs at state, regional, and national levels and has served as NADE's conference coordinator, vice president, certification council member, and NADE director on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, a consortium of 35 professional associations concerned with promoting standards in higher education.

Patty-Graham also was inducted as a Fellow of the American Council of Developmental Education Associations. Selection as a fellow is based on demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, or service to the field of developmental education and learning assistance programs.

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  • David Cassens, director of development at Lovejoy Library, left the University Feb. 28 to accept a position with Saint Louis University.
  • Thorsten Dennerline, assistant professor of Art and Design, left the University Dec. 31 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Christa Johnson joined the University Jan. 1 as assistant dean of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Ellen Lavelle, associate professor of Educational Leadership, was named program director of the Excellence in Learning and Teaching program Jan. 1.
  • James Panico joined the University Jan. 1 as assistant professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders.
  • Brian Pfaltzgraff, assistant professor of Music, left the University Feb. 28.
  • Bill Porzukowiak joined the University Sept. 15, 2005, as director of University-School Partnerships in the School of Education.
  • Devraj Radhika joined the University Jan. 1 as assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Ronald Schaefer, professor of English Language and Literature and acting associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research, was named associate dean for a third appointment Jan. 1.
  • Catherine Seltzer joined the University Jan. 1 as assistant professor of English Language and Literature.
  • Walter Siganga joined the University Feb. 1 as professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Bernard Waxman, professor of Computer Science, was named acting dean of the School of Engineering on Jan. 1.


  • The late Annette Baich, a professor of Biological Sciences who retired last year after more than 40 years of service, was granted emerita status June 1, 2005. She died Dec. 8, 2005.
  • Lewis Bender, a professor of Public Administration and Policy Analysis who retired Jan. 1 after more than 18 years of service,, has been granted emeritus status.
  • Brian Donnelly, an associate professor of Political Science and executive director of University Park who retired Jan. 1 after more than 24 years of service, has been granted emeritus status.
  • John V. Farrell III, associate professor of Political Science who retired Jan. 1 after more than 31 years of service, has been granted emeritus status.
  • Kevin McClearey, a professor of Speech Communication who retired Jan. 1 after more than 26 years of service, has been granted emeritus status.]
  • Constance Riggins, a clerk in the School of Dental Medicine, retired March 1 after nearly five years of service.
  • John Virgo, professor of Management and Marketing who retired Sept. 1 after 31 years of service, was granted emeritus status the same day.

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