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March 2008

·Anna Quindlen To Speak April 24 At SIUE For Arts & Issues
·SIUE Club Bowling Team Has Respectable Season
·SIUE Celebrates Sociology And Criminal Justice Studies Week

·SIUE To Welcome Middle East Issues Speakers April 1, May 1
·Civil Engineering's CommonCents Workshop Part Of Multi-Year Grant
·38th Annual Antiques Show And Sale Set For March 29-30 At SIUE
·SIUE To Play Host To Academic Achievement Reception
·SIUE Group To Celebrate India Week And India Night
·Top 10 Finish For SIUE School of Pharmacy Student
·SIUE To Celebrate Global Awareness Week With Activities
·SIUE Announces 2008 Going Endowed Professorship Recipient
·UM-St. Louis Professor Named Interim Head Of SIUE's IERC
· Cougar Tracks Is New Social Web Network For SIUE Alumni
·SIUE Big Band Concert Set For March 25 At Dunham Hall
· Drumvoices Revue Spring Issue To Feature More Than 90 Poets
·SIUE Lovejoy Library Spring Symposium Set For April 2
·Physics And New Theories In Divine Action To Be Discussed March 26
·SIUE Music Faculty To Perform At Coffee Concert On March 31
·SIUE School of Nursing Set To Recognize "Jewels" At Excellence Gala
·Annual Region 12 Science Fair At SIUE This Saturday
·New Early Childhood Certification Program To Begin In Fall
·Graduate School Announces Distinguished Research Honors
·SIUE School of Business Presents Small Business Basics Workshop
·WoRKS Group To Present World-Renowned Architect Sadao
·SIUE Opera Theater To Present Three One-Acts March 27-28
·Notre Dame Philosophy Professor To Speak At SIUE For Marti Lecture
·SIUE School of Engineering Honors Outstanding Teachers, Students
·UCM To Sponsor Annual 'Death By Chocolate Affair' On March 26
·SIUE School of Engineering Hosts WYSE Sectional Competition
·SIUE Marketing and Communications Wins National Awards
·NCAA Division II Baseball Championships Coming to Sauget
·West Wing's Anna Deavere Smith To Speak As Part Of A&I Series
·SIUE School Of Engineering Open House Attracted Record Numbers
·Twenty-Fifth Annual SIUE Summer Writing Camp Set For June, July

3/28/08

Anna Quindlen To Speak April 24 At SIUE For Arts & Issues

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Anna Quindlen, who became only the third woman to write for the influential New York Times op-ed page, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as part of SIUE's Arts & Issues series. Quindlen's appearance is being sponsored by National City Bank. Speaking in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the Morris University Center, Quindlen will present "The Media in the Modern Age: Better Than Ever."

Quindlen's books have appeared on fiction, nonfiction and self-help bestseller lists. Her columns have won her many of journalism's most prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, and she currently writes a column, "The Last Word," on the back page of Newsweek. Her book, A Short Guide to a Happy Life (Random House, 2000), has sold more than a million copies. It was followed by Being Perfect (Random House, 2005); it, too, became a national bestseller. Her latest book, Good Dog. Stay (Random House, 2007) is a loving tribute to her late dog, Beau. Rise and Shine (Random House, 2006), debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at No. 1.

Bringing her wit, charm and intellect to SIUE for the first time for one memorable evening, Quindlen promises to engage the audience in her talk about how the media fits in today's information-seeking society. "Anna is a novelist, journalist, social critic and an astute observer of the world today," said Grant Andree, director of Arts & Issues. "Her appearance here wraps up an exciting season for Arts & Issues," Andree said. "And, we think audiences will enjoy the evening with this delightfully witty speaker."

Quindlen also has written four other bestselling novels: Object Lessons (Ivy Books, 1992), One True Thing (Random House, 2006), Black and Blue (Delta, 2000), and Blessings (Fawcett, 204). She has published three collections of her columns, Living Out Loud (Ivy Books, 1989), Thinking Out Loud (Ballantine Books, 1994), and Loud and Clear (Ballantine, 2005), as well as How Reading Changed My Life (Ballantine, 1998) and Imagined London (National Geographic Directions, 2006).

A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Barnard College, where she is chair of the board of trustees, Quindlen is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from more than a dozen American universities. She is married to attorney Gerald Krovatin and is mother to Quindlen, Christopher and Maria Krovatin. Tickets for Quindlen's appearance are $24; students, $12, and may be purchased through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or through the Web site: www.siue.edu/artsandissues.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is proud to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and first half century of excellence. The University has grown from 1,776 students in 1957 to nearly 13,500 students today. SIUE is a catalyst for the cultural and intellectual vitality and economic development of Southwestern Illinois and the greater St. Louis region.

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3/28/08

SIUE Club Bowling Team Has Respectable Season

Despite the last place finish among 17 teams in the sectional qualifying round of the 2008 U.S. Bowling Congress Men's and Women's Intercollegiate Team Championships, the SIUE men's club bowling team had a successful season just to qualify for the sectional among some 64 collegiate teams in the nation.

The top four teams from the sectional, held at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights earlier this month, now head for the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in Wichita in mid-April: Calumet College of St. Joseph, Wichita State University, Indiana University and UW-Whitewater. The only other Illinois teams to finish in the Top 10 of the sectional were McKendree College and Western Illinois University.

The SIUE club bowling team members who competed in the Fairview Heights sectional were: sophomore Brett Hinnen, sophomore Adam Kusmierczak, freshman Blake Badillo, freshman Eric Radford, sophomore Grant Evans, junior Matt Hudacek and sophomore Robby Smigiel, named academic all-American. "We had a great season," said Club Bowling Coach Bryan Winterbottom."We were ranked as high as 35th in the nation this season after finishing 12th in one of the 10 national tournaments in Atlanta. We also had back-to-back third-place finishes in Bloomington (IL) in regional tournaments," Winterbottom said.

"This was the first time in the SIUE club team's five-year history that we finished in the top 50. We're very proud of that," he said. SIUE finished 47th overall among 136 collegiate teams in the nation.

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3/27/08

SIUE Celebrates Sociology And Criminal Justice Studies Week

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will kick off its celebration of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Week with a special visit from program graduates who will discuss their careers and life after graduation.

Sakina Hall, a 2006 graduate who is an investigator for the Madison County Coroner's Office, Tony Muffo, a 2007 graduate, and Dane Spaulding, also a 2007 graduate and a juvenile specialist with the Missouri Division of Youth Services, will speak from 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 31, in SIUE's Peck Hall, room 2403.

A panel discussion about the sociology graduate program will take place from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Mississippi Room on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Second-year sociology graduate students Natalie Mette-Bory, Lauren Rowe, Elizabeth Stygar and Shana Thompson-Pratt will join SIUE Graduate Program Director Linda Markowitz on the panel.

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder will make a presentation, Domestic Violence, from 3-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the University Restaurant on the second floor of the Morris Center. The event is sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Speaker's Bureau and SIUE Student Legal Services.
For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, (618) 650-3323.

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3/27/08

SIUE To Welcome Middle East Issues Speakers April 1, May 1

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The next speaker in The Middle East: A Humanity Misunderstood series will present Abraham's Tent: Shared Traditions of the Desert in Jewish and Islamic Lore.

Howard Schwartz, winner of the 2005 National Jewish Book Award for Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism and the Koret International Jewish Book Award for Before You Were Born, will speak on the topic at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, on the second floor of the SIUE Morris University Center.

"An award-winning author and scholar, Howard Schwartz brings a Jewish voice to this important series," said Gloria Reading, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction from the SIUE School of Education. "His talk will be especially important, because he will trace shared stories from Jewish and Muslim cultures that mirror each other, thus, powerfully illustrating the shared humanity within this region of the world."

A professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Schwartz has given presentations that include Jewish stories from Afghanistan, Iraq and ancient and modern Israel. He teaches creative writing, modern and ancient literature, Jewish folklore and mythology, and is the author of several scholarly publications about Jewish literature.

Speaker Zeina Azzam Seikaly will present Words Transcending Borders: Arab Voices in the American Classroom at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Missouri-Illinois Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Seikaly, whose March event to appear on campus was cancelled due to inclement weather, is a curriculum advisor in the Washington D.C. area and the outreach coordinator for the Center for Contemporary Arab studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She works closely with elementary and secondary teachers to develop online lesson plans and novel guides that will be made available to educators across the nation. A poet, writer and speaker, Seikaly focuses her work on the Arab world, the Middle East and Islam.

"Educators and all those interested in curriculum and development will find Zeina Seikaly's talk particularly valuable," Reading said.

Both events are free and open to the public and CPDU credits are available. Pre-register to attend at www.siue.edu/globalit.

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3/27/08

Civil Engineering's CommonCents Workshop Part Of Multi-Year Grant

More than 40 representatives of regional manufacturers, utilities, consulting companies, educational institutions and government agencies gathered earlier this month in the Engineering Building to take part in the CommonCents Workshop.

Part of a multi-year grant from the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center, the workshop educated participants in how to improve the bottom line of their businesses through improved environmental, health, and safety practices. Participants were provided with practical strategies to "green" their businesses, including water and energy conservation measures implemented by local companies. The grant, written by Associate Professor Susan Morgan and Assistant Professor Jianpeng "Jim" Zhou, both of SIUE's Civil Engineering faculty, is aimed at improving environmental technical assistance in the metro-east region.

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association and the Gateway Society of Hazardous Materials Managers. Visit the Civil Engineering Web site for future workshops: www.siue.edu/engineering/civilengineering.

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3/25/08

38th Annual Antiques Show And Sale Set For March 29-30 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Some 70 local and national dealers in antiques will display and sell a variety of items including furniture, fine glass, porcelain, china, toys and books Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, at the 38th Annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Antiques Show and Sale at SIUE's Vadalabene Center. And, for the first time since its inception in 1970, the show and sale also will feature a silent auction with items including an 1890 Story & Clark pump organ, signed photos of Al Pacino and Sir Edmund Hillary, and more than 20 books signed by their authors.

Since the beginning, the show and sale has been conducted by the Friends of Lovejoy Library in support of the Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library at SIUE. According to Kyle Moore, development director for Lovejoy, the event has grown dramatically and now raises more than $50,000 for the purchase of books and materials for the library.

The event will take place in the center's gymnasium from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free informal appraisals with paid admission (two-item limit) will be offered from 2-4 p.m. Saturday and from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. "The Antiques Show and Sale provides a great service to our students, the dealers and the general public," Moore said. "Every year, approximately 3,000 attendees take advantage of this event to price their antiques and shop for rare and unique items."

Tickets are $6 at the door and are good both days of the event; for a $10 admission (includes general admission cost), "early bird"patrons may enter between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday. Children under 13 years of age will be admitted free. For more information, call the Friends of Lovejoy Library, (618) 650-2730.

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3/24/08

SIUE To Play Host To Academic Achievement Reception

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An Academic Achievement Reception, honoring Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students and faculty, will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, April 7, in Meridian Ballroom on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

The event is being conducted by Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society, and the SIUE Office of the Provost to honor undergraduate, graduate and professional students who have earned departmental awards. Nearly 250 students will be recognized at the event.

SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson will act as the afternoon's emcee, with speeches from SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and SIUE Philosophy professor John Danley, a representative from the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity.

In addition to honoring students, recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award and the Distinguished Research Professor Award will be announced.

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3/20/08

SIUE Group To Celebrate India Week And India Night

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will kick off this year's India Week celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Morris University Center with a festival and the Taste of the East in the Stratton Quadrangle.

India Week activities and India Night, scheduled for Saturday, March 29, coincide with Global Awareness Week on the SIUE campus.
Asian cuisine prepared by St. Louis eateries will be available during The Taste of the East, with special lunches ranging in price from $3-$5. Booths also will be set up in SIUE's University Center, featuring items that reflect Indian culture.

On Tuesday, a mock wedding organized by the Indian Student Association will take place at 10 a.m. in Goshen Lounge on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. A reception with the "bride and groom," featuring Indian food as well as photos, will immediately follow. Activities will continue during until 2 p.m.

From 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, the association will show an Indian film with subtitles in John C. Abbott Auditorium, on the lower level of SIUE's Lovejoy Library.

More activities, including Mehendi tattooing and the opportunity to wear traditional Indian dress, are planned for Thursday, with booths in Goshen Lounge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Students, faculty and visitors also may join members of the association at the flagpole area outside Rendleman Hall to play Khel, known elsewhere as cricket.

Spectators will learn how the game is played and will have an opportunity to try their hand at the sport.

India Night will be the week's final event on Saturday, March 29. The event, which will take place in the University Center Meridian Ballroom, will feature dancers, performing classical Indian and folk dances, as well as Indian food, a live band and a fashion show. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.

Tickets for India Night are $25 for VIP seating; general and faculty admission, $15; students, $12. For more information, visit the Web site: www.isaiue.com, or call the SIUE Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.

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3/19/08

Top 10 Finish For SIUE School of Pharmacy Student

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A student from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy recently finished among the top 10 at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Patient Counseling Competition in San Diego.

Diana Jason, a member of the SIUE School of Pharmacy's class of 2009, competed against individuals representing all pharmacy schools in the nation. Jason finished as third runner-up-the highest placement for any school of pharmacy prior to graduating its first class. The SIUE School of Pharmacy will graduate its first class in May 2009.

"Patient counseling occurs every day at pharmacy worksites," said Jessica Kerr, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and advisor to the student chapter of the APA. "Not only does counseling involve information on drug therapy, but it also involves how this information is delivered; how well the pharmacist is able to listen to what the patient has to say; and how caring the pharmacist actually is toward the patient's concerns.

Information about drug therapy involves clear identification of directions for medication use, as well as safety concerns and expected outcomes.

"Jason competed against a very tough field of competitors," said SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. "Her enthusiasm and passion for positively impacting her patients' lives is evident in everything she does. Her success in this competition clearly illustrates that."

Founded in 1852, the APhA was the first-established national professional society of pharmacists. It remains the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, boasting more than 60,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession.

The clinical skills competition marked the second time Jason participated in a competition outside SIUE. At the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2007 Clinical Skills Competition in Las Vegas, Jason also placed in the top 10 category as member of a two-person competitive team.

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3/19/08

SIUE To Celebrate Global Awareness Week With Activities

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will celebrate Global Awareness Week from March 24-28 with a mix of activities to promote fun and learning.

The week will kick off with The Fulbright Scholar Experience from 3-3:50 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Peck Hall, room 0405, featuring presentations by faculty members who have lectured and conducted research in Spain, the Ukraine and India.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program provide faculty, those with a bachelor's degree and graduate students with the chance to study, teach or conduct research in another country for a year. A graduate student who is a finalist for a Fulbright grant will be on hand to explain the application process and answer questions.

Also Monday, from 6-8:45 p.m., Executive Director of the St. Louis United Nations Association Chris West will talk about the role of the U.N. in today's political environment. Why the United Nations is Relevant Today will take place in the Oak/Redbud Room of the SIUE Morris University Center.

A study abroad information session will be conducted from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the Maple-Dogwood Room of the SIUE Morris University Center. Students are encouraged to attend to find out more about study abroad opportunities and hear stories from students who have taken part in the experience.

A U.S. Peace Corps discussion and information session from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. will feature alumni who recently have returned from Turkmenistan, a Kazakhi scholar talking about the program from a host-country's perspective and St. Louis-based Peace Corps Recruiter Fran Noonan.

Peace Corps Reflections also will take place from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 27, also in the Maple-Dogwood Room. SIUE students who have served in the Peace Corps will offer insights and reflections on experiences abroad and how the organization influenced their lives and careers.

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3/19/08

SIUE Announces 2008 Going Endowed Professorship Recipient

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has awarded the 2008 William and Margaret Going Endowed Professorship to a sociology faculty member who has written three books and more than 30 articles, and who has given more than 50 presentations at scholarly meetings, including one last year at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

David Kauzlarich, associate professor and chair of the SIUE Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, received the award for his numerous scholarly achievements.

"Dr. Kauzlarich has been cited in scores of books and articles, and his research is respected throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and in Western Europe," said Kent Neely, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The 2005 recipient of the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award and named the Criminologist of the Year by the American Society of Criminology, Critical Criminology Division, Kauzlarich has taught more than 20 different courses since entering the field of academia.

The endowment, which consists of a $10,000 award for research initiatives, was made possible through a contribution from SIUE's first identified "Dean,"-William Going, an emeritus professor of English Language and Literature, a respected scholar and teacher, and one of the pioneer founders of SIUE, and his late wife, Margaret Going.

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3/19/08

UM-St. Louis Professor Named Interim Head Of SIUE's IERC

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Kathleen Sullivan Brown, an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education at UM-St. Louis, has been named interim executive director of the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, effective May 15. Brown, who also will be a visiting associate professor at SIUE, will take a short-term professional leave from her faculty position at UM-St. Louis to serve as interim executive director through Aug. 15, 2009. Her primary responsibility will be to direct IERC research activities, while also working with statewide education leaders to guide state education policy.

The IERC was established in 2000 to undertake independent research and policy analysis, often in collaboration with other researchers, to strengthen Illinois' commitment to a seamless system of educational opportunities for its citizens. Brown succeeds Jennifer B. Presley, founding director of the IERC, who stepped down as director in August, but who continues as senior advisor and research professor through June on a part-time basis during the transition to a new director.

At UM-St. Louis, Brown teaches graduate courses in K-12 educational administration and doctoral courses in educational research and policy. Her main research interest is education policy and collaborative partnerships between schools, universities and communities.

In 1994, Brown earned a doctorate in Education, with an emphasis in teaching and learning, at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1999-2006, she served on the board of directors of the Holmes Partnership, a national consortium of universities, schools, and professional associations for reform in schools and in teacher education. She was also a Fellow of the Public Policy Research Center at UM-St. Louis in 2003.

For further information about the IERC, please visit the Web site: ierc.siue.edu.

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3/19/08

Cougar Tracks Is New Social Web Network For SIUE Alumni

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association is moving into a new era of communication with SIUE alumni by launching a new social networking Web site-Cougar Tracks. "Cougar Tracks is similar to other online social networks such as MySpace and Facebook," said SIUE Alumni Affairs Director Steve Jankowski, "but Cougar Tracks may only be accessed by SIUE alumni, current students, faculty and staff."

After registering on Cougar Tracks (a link on www.siue.edu/alumni), participants will be able to create a personalized profile which could include a photo, contact information, work history, hobbies, interests and any other information the registrant chooses to share with other community members. "Participants will be able to search for former classmates, reconnect with faculty members, and even search for jobs at SIUE-friendly companies," Jankowski said. "Our mission is to establish and nurture relationships with our alumni. Cougar Tracks enables us to do that in a way which is extremely familiar to younger alumni and students.

"It also opens a new venue for the exchange of ideas and information which continues to be a facet of SIUE's educational legacy."

Discussion boards may be created within the community through which messages may be shared about specific University topics ranging from campus and athletics events to University decisions and announcements. Cougar Tracks is active and ready for new members. Questions and requests for more information may be sent by e-mail: kabenne@siue.edu, or, by telephone, (618) 650-2762.

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3/18/08

SIUE Big Band Concert Set For March 25 At Dunham Hall

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music will present its Annual Spring Big Band Jazz Concert-featuring the SIUE jazz bands performing big band arrangements-at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the theater at SIUE's Dunham Hall. The evening of music will feature the SIUE Concert Jazz Band directed by Jason Swagler and the SIUE Concert Jazz Band under the direction of Brett Stamps, director of the SIUE Jazz Studies program.

Alumnus Adaron Jackson will be a featured soloist with the Concert Jazz Band, which will perform selections from such jazz luminaries as Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones and Charles Mingus. Music by Stamps and jazz student Cody Henry also will be featured.

Admission is $5; senior citizens and patrons under 18 years of age, $3. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.

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3/18/08

Drumvoices Revue Spring Issue To Feature More Than 90 Poets

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The spring issue of Drumvoices Revue-a journal of "Literary, Cultural & Vision Arts," co-published by the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-will feature more than 90 poets, including Sacramento writers such as Charles Blackwell, Odessa Bethea and Marie Celestin, to name a few. Those three and many other poets, both national and regional, contributed to a special section in the magazine dedicated to "kwansabas" for Richard Wright (1908-1960) in honor of the Wright Centennial (1908-2008). The issue also contains haiku poetry by Wright.

The kwansaba, a 49-word poetic form invented during the EBR Writers Club's 1995 workshop season (in East St. Louis), consists of seven lines of seven words each, with no word containing more than seven letters. Previous issues of Drumvoices have featured kwansabas for Miles Davis, Katherine Dunham, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez and Jayne Cortez. The upcoming issue also will feature an essay by Adetokunbo "Toks" Pearse, a University of Lagos professor of African Disporan Literature, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Things Fall Apart," and University of Ibadan poet-scholar Remi Raji-Oyelade has contributed a "mini-anthology," Ten Nigerian Women Poets.

In another section of the issue, Mudtrails, Elegies & Miles of Jazz will feature pieces by Maya Angelou, Quincy Troupe, several members of the EBR Writers Club and Al Young, poet laureate of California. Founded in 1986 and named after East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene B. Redmond, the EBR Writers Club is currently celebrating its 22nd year of twice-monthly meetings (first/third Tuesday), 6-8 p.m., in the Library (Building B) of the East St. Louis. Higher Education Campus, 601 J. R. Thompson Drive, from September through May. All writers-beginners to professionals-are welcome.
To purchase a copy of the current Drumvoices, send $10 (plus $2 for shipping and handling) in check or money order to Editor, Drumvoices Revue, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431.

In addition, a copy of Images & Homages: 'Memwars' from the Eugene B. Redmond Collection is available through the same address for $15 (plus $2 for S&H). Images & Homages contains some 80 pages of photos, visual memorabilia, poetic sketches and captions from the collection of poet-historian Redmond. For more information, call (618) 650-3991, send e-mail: eredmon@siue.edu, or FAX, (618) 650-3509, or postal mail, EBRWC, East St. Louis, IL 62202-6165.

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3/18/08

SIUE Lovejoy Library Spring Symposium Set For April 2

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "Does Peer Review Have a Future: Publishing in the Age of the Internet" is the theme of this year's Annual Spring Symposium at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 2. Scheduled in the John C. Abbott Auditorium, on the lower level of the library, speakers include George Lundberg, who holds academic appointments as a professor at Stanford and Harvard, and Caroline Haythornthwaite, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.

Lundberg will be speaking about "The Strengths and Weaknesses of Pre- and Post-Publication Peer Review in Medical Publishing in 2008." He serves as editor-in-chief of The Medscape Journal of Medicine, an open access general medical journal, and previously has had editorial responsibility for 39 medical journals of the American Medical Association. Haythornthwaite will speak about "Collaborative Peer Production, the Free/ Libre Movement and Publishing in the Age of the Internet." She has published extensively on the effects of the Internet on work, learning and social interaction, and current research examines the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on collaborative practices.

The symposium is sponsored by the SIUE Library and Information Services Research, Projects and Development Committee, and the SIUE Friends of Lovejoy Library. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. SIUE is proud to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and first half century of excellence. The University has grown from 1,776 students in 1957 to nearly 13,500 students today. SIUE is a catalyst for the cultural and intellectual vitality and economic development of Southwestern Illinois and the greater St. Louis region.

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3/18/08

Physics And New Theories In Divine Action To Be Discussed March 26

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "Cosmic Optimism: From the Principle of Least Action to Path Optimization" is the topic of a March 26 presentation by the World Religions, Knowledge, and Science (WoRKS) Group, Edwardsville, which offers dialogues about religion and science for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community and surrounding communities throughout the academic year. Christopher Jargocki, professor of physics at the University of Central Missouri, will conduct the dialogue at 7:30 p.m. in the SIUE Religious Center, the geodesic dome designed by famed theorist R. Buckminster Fuller. Jargockii will be speaking about physics and new theories of divine action.

Born and reared in Poland, Jargocki studied at the University of Warsaw and earned a doctorate in quantum field theory from the University of California at Irvine. He also taught for 10 years at Northeastern University in Boston before coming to Central Missouri. In addition to papers in elementary particle theory, and science and religion issues, Jargocki has published four books dealing mainly with paradoxes and anomalies in physics.

In 1996 he won a John Templeton award in the science and religion course competition, leading to a course called Science and Religion: From Conflict to Dialogue that is now offered as part of the core curriculum. A year ago he started the Center for Cooperative Phenomena at the University of Central Missouri, partly funded by the Metanexus Institute and motivated both by his experiences in science and on the contemplative path.

WoRKS Group events are free and open to the public. Parking is available for $1 per hour in Visitor's Lot B, between the Religious Center and the Morris University Center. The WoRKS series of events is funded by a grant from Metanexus in Philadelphia, with matching funds provided by the SIUE Graduate School, the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy, the University Religious Council and the SIUE Friends of the Religious Center. For more information, contact Greg Fields by telephone, (618) 650-2461, or by e-mail: gfields@siue.edu, or visit www.metanexus.org.

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3/18/08

SIUE Music Faculty To Perform At Coffee Concert On March 31

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music will continue its annual Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

Antonin Dvorak's Dumky Trio, arias for trumpet and tenor by Alessandro Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel, as well as four miniatures by Paul Juon will be featured. Dessert and coffee will be served during intermission.

Performers will include SIUE faculty: Trumpeter John Korak III, associate professor of music; Tenor Marc Schapman, assistant professor of music; Pianist Linda Perry, professor of music; Cellist Marta Simidtchieva, assistant professor of music; Clarinetist James "Mac" Hinson, professor of music; and Violinist Lenora-Marya Anop, associate professor of music.

Tickets to the coffee concert are $10; senior citizens, $9; and students, $5. For more information about the events, or to purchase tickets, call (618) 650-2774.

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3/18/08

SIUE School of Nursing Set To Recognize "Jewels" At Excellence Gala

(EDWARDSVILLE, IL) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing will host its 2008 Jewels of Nursing Excellence Gala & Awards on Saturday, April 26, at the Four Points by Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., featuring a cash bar and a silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of awards. The celebration will end with a live auction starting at 8 p.m.

This year's Jewels of Nursing Excellence Award Winners include:
• Outstanding Hospital or Health Care Agency-Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, St. Louis
• Outstanding Friend to Nursing-Frank Purcell
• Outstanding Nursing SIUE Alumna-Nancy Rae Weston, a 1977 graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing and a 1993 graduate with a master of science in nursing
• Outstanding New Nursing SIUE Alumna-Crystal Lask, a 2004 graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing

Tickets are $50, with seating for 10 at each table. By sponsoring a table of 10 for $500, special recognition will be given as a Sapphire Sponsor in the Gala program. For sponsoring two tables, recognition will be given as a Diamond Sponsor.

Advertising space also is available in the Gala program at the $100, $250 and $500 levels. Sponsorships and ads may be purchased through March 31. Tickets must be purchased in advance by April 18. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kris Heather, (618) 650-2551, or by e-mail: kheathe@siue.edu.

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3/17/08

Annual Region 12 Science Fair At SIUE This Saturday

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Some 300 fifth- through 12th-graders, representing about 50 schools, will vie for prizes March 22 at the Annual Region 12 Illinois Junior Academy of Science Fair on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. And, thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the fair has been enhanced to attract wider participation by junior and senior high students in the 10 counties served by SIUE's Office of Science and Math Education (OSME).

Part of the University's College of Arts and Sciences, OSME has sponsored the event and its faculty members have conducted the event each year for some 25 years. "For nearly a quarter of a century, OSME has been welcoming hundreds of junior scientists to SIUE to compete in the Region Science Fair," says Associate SIUE Physics Professor Thomas Foster, OSME director. "Science Fair projects provide students with first-hand experience in the scientific process," he said. "Kids learn how nature behaves and how humans attempt to describe that behavior.

"Projects are fun, messy, gut wrenching and something to be proud of when presented at the Science Fair," Foster said. He also pointed out that the fair helps participants integrate communications, research and analysis skills with science. "Projects also illustrate that science is not just a collection of facts; science is a process done by human beings."

The Fair program begins at 8:30 a.m. with the set-up of exhibits, while judging takes place throughout the day. An award ceremony will be conducted from 4-6 p.m. that day. The Monsanto Fund previously provided support to OSME's Biotechnology Resource Center with a $30,000 grant in 2004 to provide enhanced teacher training, hands-on science experiment kits and loaned equipment forschools in Southwestern Illinois.

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3/18/08

New Early Childhood Certification Program To Begin In Fall

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "Early Childhood On-Site (EChOS)," a non-traditional route program to initial certification in early childhood curriculum, will be offered in fall by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education through its Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

This program, delivered through an eight-semester sequence of night classes with two classes per semester, is structured so that a student could complete a bachelor's or master's while retaining a full time job. Classes will be conducted in various locations throughout the Belleville, Edwardsville and Alton areas. Location for fall classes will be in the O'Fallon area. Field work hours are arranged to fit a student's schedule and some may even be completed within a student's own classroom.

Students employed in an early childhood setting may be able to complete some or all of their student teaching in their current place of employment while being paid. All students must pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test before entering the program. Last date to take the test for eligibility for fall entrance will be June 7. Test registration deadline is April 25. For more information, contact Program Director Martha Latorre, by telephone: (618) 650-2223, or by e-mail: mcarlto@siue.edu.

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3/17/08

Graduate School Announces Distinguished Research Honors

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate School has announced recipients of the SIUE Distinguished Research Professor honor. Urszula Ledzewicz has been promoted to Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and Paul Dresang was promoted to Distinguished Research Professor of Art and Design. The Distinguished Research Professor is awarded by the SIUE graduate faculty to recognize outstanding and sustained contributions to research and creative activities. All SIUE tenured members of the faculty, who have held the rank of Professor at SIUE for at least five years, are eligible for this recognition.

The Distinguished Research Professor rank recognizes faculty members who have made an outstanding contribution to research as a result of their continued commitment to scholarship beyond the period of their promotion to full professor. Recipients of this honor will be recognized with the rank of "SIUE Distinguished Research Professor" for the duration of their tenure at SIUE.

Urszula Ledzewicz has sustained an impressive record of research and scholarly activities since her promotion to professor in 1995 and brings national and international recognition to her department. She has published more than 60 articles since promotion to the rank of full professor and 31 papers in the comparable 11 years previously. She also has received five major National Science Foundation research grants as well as three international collaborative research grants. Her research has appeared in leading journals in her field and her dossier clearly demonstrates that her research has had a tremendous impact on the field, her students and the public. External reviewers of Ledzewicz's credentials have provided unequivocal strong evidence of her work and several external reviewers noted that she shows no sign of slowing down, continuing to produce highly relevant and innovative research.

Paul Dresang, Distinguished Research Professor of Art and Design, also has sustained an impressive record of creative activities since his promotion to full professor in 1988, bringing national recognition to his department. Dresang steadfastly has pursued creative research independently and through internally and externally funded projects, including the prestigious National Endowment for the Visual Arts Fellowship Grant. He is widely sought after as a demonstrator and lecturer and has juried numerous exhibitions, while his work is widely represented in a variety of publications. Dresang's record clearly demonstrates his creative work has had a tremendous impact on the field, his students and the public. According to reviewers, Dresang is internationally one of the foremost representatives of the genre known as trompe l'oeil ceramic sculpture, and has "set the standard for the intensely naturalistic representation of ordinary objects in clay." Dresang continues to exhibit in what are considered the most prestigious venues; his work was shown in 14 different exhibits across the country in 2007 alone.

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3/17/08

SIUE School of Business Presents Small Business Basics Workshop

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Those interested in starting a small business are invited to attend a workshop designed to give them the basics.

Staff from the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, through the SIUE School of Business, will offer the Small Business Basics Workshop from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 19, in the Willow Room on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center's.

Attendees will be given a brief overview of Illinois business basics during the two-hour session, which is recommended for new and existing small business owners.
Confidential, one-on-one business counseling is available during the workshop, which will offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions about running small businesses, as well as the chance to develop a business plan.

Advanced registration is required. A material fee of $10 is payable at the door. For more information, or to register, call the Small Business Development Center, (618) 650-2929.

Visitors' parking is available next to the University Center in Parking Lot B.

For information about events sponsored by the Small Business Development Center, as well as the Small Business Network Partners, visit www.siue.edu/BUSINESS/sbdc.

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3/17/08

WoRKS Group To Present World-Renowned Architect Sadao

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Shoji Sadao-who as a young architect and engineer collaborated with R. Buckminster Fuller to design the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center with its signature geodesic dome in 1971-will speak about "Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Religious Center. A protégé of Fuller and Noguchi, Sadao became a renowned architect in his own right and is now considered one of the 20th century's great creative minds in his field. An historic event for the Religious Center, Sadao's April 12 appearance is part of the celebration of SIUE's 50th Anniversary.

Sadao studied architecture at Cornell University, where he met Fuller who in turn introduced him to abstract expressionist sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Fuller and Sadao collaborated on various projects and in 1965 founded Fuller and Sadao Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. Fuller joined the faculties at SIU Edwardsville and SIU Carbondale in the late 1960s. Together Sadao and Fuller designed three geodesic domes-the massive 20-story U.S. Pavilion at Expo '67 in Montreal, the Spoleto Dome in Italy, and the Religious Center at SIUE.

Many artistic and design collaborations took place among Sadao, Fuller, Noguchi and other designers, artists, engineers and visionaries. Sadao collaborated with Noguchi on public sculpture and landscape projects and in 1971 they formed Noguchi Fountain and Plaza Inc. A noted collaboration by Sadao and Noguchi occurred in the design, construction and installation of the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, N.Y., and from 1991 to 2003 Sadao served as executive director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation Inc.

Sadao has authored a book due out in June, Best of Friends: Isamu Noguchi and Buckminster Fuller. Fuller and Noguchi were friends for 54 years; a major exhibition, "Best of Friends," curated by Sadao, was mounted in 2006. Sadao considered Fuller and Noguchi as his friends and mentors. Fuller died in 1983, at the age of 87, and Noguchi died five years later at the age of 83.

Fuller (1895-1983), a visionary inventor who called himself a "comprehensive anticipatory design scientist," was respected in many disciplines. In architecture, his best known invention is the geodesic dome. Fuller said, "Reform the environment, not man. That is... the design responsibility …. Only the individual can learn to set aside greed and fear and plunge into the design science revolution."

Sadao's lecture is presented by the WoRKS Group, Edwardsville, based on the SIUE campus. "WoRKS" is an acronym for World Religions, Knowledge and Science. The group offers dialogues on religion and science for the campus and regional communities, inviting influential thinkers for public presentations at the Religious Center. The WoRKS Group is funded by a grant from the Metanexus Institute (www.metanexus.net), with additional funds provided by the SIUE Graduate School, the SIUE Office of the Provost, the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, the SIUE Department of Philosophy, the University Religious Council and the Friends of the Religious Center.

There is no charge for the April 12 event and free parking is available in Visitors Lot B, between the Religious Center and the Morris University Center. Guests are encouraged to arrive early because a standing-room-only crowd is anticipated. For more information, visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/religion, or contact Professor Greg Fields, (618) 650-2461, or by email: gfields@siue.edu.

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3/17/08

SIUE Opera Theater To Present Three One-Acts March 27-28

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two sheepherders fall deeply in love ... two couples reveal personal longings while playing a friendly game of bridge ... a chambermaid seduces her master into marriage-could these scenarios come from some bizarre late night cable TV show?

Perhaps, but in this instance we're referring to three one-act operas to be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 27-28, all by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Opera Theater on the mainstage at the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. The works to be performed are Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne, A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber and Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona. "There is something for everyone in this evening of music and drama," says SIUE Opera Theater Director Marc Schapman. "These three works will provide an evening of hilarity in addition to wonderful music."

Schapman, who is an assistant professor of music at SIUE, also points out that the casts include very talented current vocal performance majors from the SIUE Department of Music, as well as guest performers and former Opera Theater alumni Joe Drexelius and Katrina Bradley. "The evening will showcase our finest talents in the vocal area of the department as well as our very talented orchestral musicians," Schapman said. "We are very proud to feature our alums Katrina and Joe, but all the cast members have worked extremely hard and I am proud of their efforts, too."

As for the story lines, Schapman said love and laughter and drama play a big part in these three masterpieces. In the Mozart, Bastienne pines for her sweetheart Bastien who has left for the city. "As Bastienne has been tending her sheep, Bastien is seduced by the big city and a wealthy lady," the director explains. "When Bastien returns, Bastienne plays hard-to-get and the young man contemplates suicide. The two sheepherders eventually put aside pretense and profess their mutual love for each other."

Barber wrote A Hand of Bridge in 1959 with a libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti. "It's one of the shortest operas regularly performed," Schapman said. "It consists of two couples playing bridge with each character performing an arietta, or short monologue," he said. The soprano admits disdain for her mother who now lays dying; the contralto recalls a hat she saw in a shop window earlier that day; the tenor recalls an ex-lover and wonders where she is now, and the baritone fantasizes about what he would do if he were wealthy.

Finally, La Serva Padrona focuses on Zerbina, the chambermaid, who deceives her master, Dr. Pandolfo, into marriage. "The story combines pantomime, music and comedy," Schapman points out.

The director said the students are enjoying the experience. "Senior vocal performance major Matthew Newlin, who is portraying Bastien, is excellent in the part and is a good example of the kind of talent we have here at SIUE," Schapman said. Newlin explains that the Opera Theater experience at SIUE allows students to refine skills as "singing actors," both practically in performance and "intellectually" through character preparation and a term paper, which is part of the project. " Bastien und Bastienne is shaping up to be a light, charming opera in which we can see the development of Mozart's ultimate operatic writing style," Newlin said.

"He was, after all, only 12 when he wrote it."

Graduate student LaVell Thompson Jr. said his part in the Barber has been a great learning experience. "As we (the cast) have been spending time with the opera, the characters are truly beginning to come to life."

Opera Theater pianist Dolly Hsu said this is her first time playing piano for three entire operas in one evening. "These three light operas, in the form of operetta ranging from 18th century intermezzi to 20th century chamber opera, present human affectations in many different ways."

Tickets are $5; senior citizens, $3; SIUE students are free with a valid SIUE ID. For more information, call the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Also, visit the SIUE Opera Theater Web site: www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/music/opera for information.

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3/20/08

SIUE Group To Celebrate India Week And India Night

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will kick off this year's India Week celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Morris University Center with a festival and the Taste of the East in the Stratton Quadrangle.

India Week activities and India Night, scheduled for Saturday, March 29, coincide with Global Awareness Week on the SIUE campus.
Asian cuisine prepared by St. Louis eateries will be available during The Taste of the East, with special lunches ranging in price from $3-$5. Booths also will be set up in SIUE's University Center, featuring items that reflect Indian culture.

On Tuesday, a mock wedding organized by the Indian Student Association will take place at 10 a.m. in Goshen Lounge on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. A reception with the "bride and groom," featuring Indian food as well as photos, will immediately follow. Activities will continue during until 2 p.m.

From 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, the association will show an Indian film with subtitles in John C. Abbott Auditorium, on the lower level of SIUE's Lovejoy Library.

More activities, including Mehendi tattooing and the opportunity to wear traditional Indian dress, are planned for Thursday, with booths in Goshen Lounge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Students, faculty and visitors also may join members of the association at the flagpole area outside Rendleman Hall to play Khel, known elsewhere as cricket.

Spectators will learn how the game is played and will have an opportunity to try their hand at the sport.

India Night will be the week's final event on Saturday, March 29. The event, which will take place in the University Center Meridian Ballroom, will feature dancers, performing classical Indian and folk dances, as well as Indian food, a live band and a fashion show. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.

Tickets for India Night are $25 for VIP seating; general and faculty admission, $15; students, $12. For more information, visit the Web site: www.isaiue.com, or call the SIUE Information Desk, (618) 650-5555.

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3/19/08

Top 10 Finish For SIUE School of Pharmacy Student

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A student from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy recently finished among the top 10 at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Patient Counseling Competition in San Diego.

Diana Jason, a member of the SIUE School of Pharmacy's class of 2009, competed against individuals representing all pharmacy schools in the nation. Jason finished as third runner-up-the highest placement for any school of pharmacy prior to graduating its first class. The SIUE School of Pharmacy will graduate its first class in May 2009.

"Patient counseling occurs every day at pharmacy worksites," said Jessica Kerr, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and advisor to the student chapter of the APA. "Not only does counseling involve information on drug therapy, but it also involves how this information is delivered; how well the pharmacist is able to listen to what the patient has to say; and how caring the pharmacist actually is toward the patient's concerns.

Information about drug therapy involves clear identification of directions for medication use, as well as safety concerns and expected outcomes.

"Jason competed against a very tough field of competitors," said SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. "Her enthusiasm and passion for positively impacting her patients' lives is evident in everything she does. Her success in this competition clearly illustrates that."

Founded in 1852, the APhA was the first-established national professional society of pharmacists. It remains the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, boasting more than 60,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession.

The clinical skills competition marked the second time Jason participated in a competition outside SIUE. At the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2007 Clinical Skills Competition in Las Vegas, Jason also placed in the top 10 category as member of a two-person competitive team.

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3/19/08

SIUE To Celebrate Global Awareness Week With Activities

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will celebrate Global Awareness Week from March 24-28 with a mix of activities to promote fun and learning.

The week will kick off with The Fulbright Scholar Experience from 3-3:50 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Peck Hall, room 0405, featuring presentations by faculty members who have lectured and conducted research in Spain, the Ukraine and India.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program provide faculty, those with a bachelor's degree and graduate students with the chance to study, teach or conduct research in another country for a year. A graduate student who is a finalist for a Fulbright grant will be on hand to explain the application process and answer questions.

Also Monday, from 6-8:45 p.m., Executive Director of the St. Louis United Nations Association Chris West will talk about the role of the U.N. in today's political environment. Why the United Nations is Relevant Today will take place in the Oak/Redbud Room of the SIUE Morris University Center.

A study abroad information session will be conducted from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the Maple-Dogwood Room of the SIUE Morris University Center. Students are encouraged to attend to find out more about study abroad opportunities

           
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