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March 2009

·School of Nursing CRNA Program At SIUE Receives Federal Boost
·SIUE School Of Nursing To Open Partnership Program At SIUC
·SIUE, BJC Partnership Helps Health Care Professionals Prepare For Future
·SETO To Offer Recent Tragic Events April 1-4 At SIUE's Metcalf Theater
·Students Involved In St. Clair Co. Campaign To Promote Health
·Awareness Program Through SIUE Housing To Highlight Acts of Oppression
·Children's Adaptation Of The Bard's Merry Wives Set For March 21
·SIUE Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff Invited To Attend May 2 Event
·National Marketing Awards Highlight SIUE Excellence
·SIUE Music Faculty To Bring 31st Coffee Concert Season To A Close
·SIUE Stages Emergency Response Exercise, Collaborates With Community
·Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center At SIUE Offers Challenge Awards
·EBR Redmond Writers Set Women's Month Feature
·D. Brown-Thompson Named Employee Of The Month For March
·SIUE Professor To Speak About Globalization In Construction
·Pain Summit To Draw Hundreds To SIUE From Around The Country
·SIUE Hardin Student Seeks Nursing Degree For Military Career
·2009 Cougar World Games Seeks Participants; Challenge Body, Mind, Spirit
·Regional Science Fair At SIUE Will Encourage Students In Grades 5-12
·SIUE Summer Session Registration Begins March 16; Come 'Dive In'
·SIUE Opera Theater To Present Two Operas March 27-28
·St. Louis' Own Peter And Jim Mayer To Appear At SIUE March 20
·SIUE's Annual Nursing Research Conference Set For April 10
·School Of Engineering To Help With Middle School Robotics Camp
·SIUE Men's Bowling Club Earns Sectional Bid For Second Consecutive Year
·UW Professor To Speak At 34th Annual Marti Lecture At SIUE
·SIUE To Offer 26th Annual Art Therapy Conference On April 4
·Early Childhood Center Preschoolers Visit SIUE Engineering Labs


School of Nursing CRNA Program At SIUE Receives Federal Boost

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A recently announced $24,465 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing will help pay for certified registered nurse anesthetist students' traineeships. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) announced the funding today, citing its regional and national importance. "The training of nurse anesthetists and many other healthcare fields of study is very important to our region and our nation," Shimkus said. "In these uncertain economic times, healthcare workers are still in demand."

The grant is through a competitive program and continues federal support for SIUE's Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program, which already is full for its next class that begins in May. "Nurse anesthetist preparation is very costly for the student," said SIUE School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer. "The traineeship funding will allow those students who are financially strapped to continue their education. This funding is greatly appreciated."

The federal Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship program supports traineeships for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students beyond the 12th month of study in a master's nurse anesthesia program.

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SIUE School Of Nursing To Open Partnership Program At SIUC

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses are joining forces to address a statewide nursing shortage. SIUE's School of Nursing will open a regional nursing program this fall on the Carbondale campus. Beginning in August, interested freshmen will be accepted at Carbondale as pre-nursing students.

The SIUE baccalaureate nursing program satellite will be headed by Marcia Maurer, dean of the SIUE School of Nursing, who points out it will be identical to the curriculum offered on the Edwardsville campus. "Applicants interested in SIUE's nursing program at SIUC may enroll in a pre-nursing curriculum during their freshman year at Carbondale," Maurer said. "Second-semester students pursuing a BSN would then apply to the SIUE nursing program for admission consideration as second-year students in fall 2010 on the Carbondale campus."

For several years, Maurer has been a statewide voice in addressing the nursing shortage in Illinois. "According to the Illinois Workforce Development Board, as well as the critical skills shortage data reported by the Southern Illinois Workforce Investment Board, there will be a shortage of more than 600 registered nurses by 2010 in health care facilities from Madison County south to Massac County," she said. Since the SIUE School of Nursing-fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education-is the official home of the program, a BSN would be conferred by SIUE even though a student is taking program classes at SIU Carbondale.

Through the partnership, SIUE nursing faculty will teach classes at Carbondale, while other select classes will be offered via tele-education between the two campuses. SIUE nursing faculty also will provide clinical supervision of the nursing students in the Carbondale area. "The Carbondale region is rich with clinical sites for students to obtain valuable experiences; this is a significant part of a nursing program's curriculum," Maurer pointed out. "Admission to the nursing program at SIUE is competitive; the same criteria will be in place for applying students at the Carbondale campus," she said. "The number of students accepted will be contingent not only on academic strength but on the capacity of the clinical sites. Students who are not admitted may re-apply in the next academic year or change to one of the many health care majors offered at SIUE or SIUC."

SIUC Chancellor Samuel Goldman said addressing the nursing shortage was paramount in the move to provide nursing curriculum on the Carbondale campus. "I am very pleased with our partnership with SIUE," Goldman said. "Both campuses will benefit and our region will gain much needed, well-prepared nurses."

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said the partnership through SIUC will benefit students and residents throughout Southern Illinois by helping address the nursing shortage in that region. "This is a great example of how our two campuses are able to collaborate to serve the southernmost part of the state," Vandegrift pointed out. "In this endeavor, SIUE has the expertise in nursing and existing administration to provide a much needed service to the region while SIUC can help deliver that service to Southern Illinois students in an efficient manner."

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SIUE, BJC Partnership Helps Health Care Professionals Prepare For Future

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A partnership between the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business and BJC Healthcare is helping area health care professionals gain valuable skills in the area of clinical and health care informatics.

A 15-week certificate program, offered through the SIUE School of Business for BJC employees, increases attendees' informatics proficiency and helps groups of professionals understand the design, selection, testing and implementation of information systems health care organizations. Students learn how to efficiently navigate databases and use database query and reporting tools to generate information for clinical patient care. The program also includes modules in information systems security, information technology planning, the electronic health record, clinical decision support systems, and systems planning and acquisition.

"The area of health care informatics is of emerging importance in our community, and in our society," said Mary Sumner, associate dean in the SIUE School of Business and professor of computer management and information systems. "Health care professionals use information technology to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with BJC Healthcare in the planning, design, and offering of the BJC Clinical and Healthcare Informatics Program. This opportunity will be of mutual benefit to BJC Healthcare, to the University, and to the participants in the program."

The idea was born when SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson and SIUE Associate Provost Sue Thomas met with professionals through the BJC Lifelong Learning Center who expressed interest in working with the University to provide professional training in the area of clinical and health informatics. SIUE representatives then met with BJC professionals to determine the program's goals and to develop the competencies for the program. BJC personnel who complete the program receive a certificate as well as professional development credits (CEUs.)

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SETO To Offer Recent Tragic Events April 1-4 At SIUE's Metcalf Theater

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Student Experimental Theater Organization will offer playwright Craig Wright's off-beat serio-comedy about the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks- Recent Tragic Events-scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, April 1-3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 4, all at SIUE's James F. Metcalf Theater.

The play, which takes place Sept. 12, 2001, in the Minneapolis apartment of Waverly, awaiting news of her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, after terrorists attack the World Trade Center. Waverly is on a blind date but is preoccupied with news from New York so they stay in the apartment. As the evening unfolds, Waverly and her date, Andrew, realize they are connected by a succession of bizarre coincidences. While Waverly awaits word from Wendy, the evening is complicated by visits from Waverly's neighbor, a crazed musician, and his girlfriend, as well as a startling visit from Waverly's great aunt-acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates-portrayed as a sock puppet.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call SIUE's Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774; tickets also will be sold at the theater box office before each performance.

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Students Involved In St. Clair Co. Campaign To Promote Health

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Faculty and students-through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing-are working with community groups and organizations in St. Clair County, challenging citizens to embrace wellness through a social networking campaign aimed at fighting obesity.

According to Assistant Professor of Family Health and Community Health Nursing Rita Arras-Boyd, two out of three adults in St. Clair County are overweight and some 70 percent of adults countywide do not meet the accepted standards of taking 30 minutes for some sort of physical activity daily. She also said that Madison County statistics are not far behind. "An estimated $50 million is spent each year in St. Clair County on obesity-related health problems,0148 she said.

Arras-Boyd serves on a newly appointed countywide committee that coordinates the campaign called Get Up and Go!® "The School of Nursing is part of this grass roots community effort," she pointed out. "We're also involving our nursing students so they can learn first-hand what is expected of public health nurses in this future career. It has become part of their clinical experience for the public health community nursing course curriculum."

She explained that students can learn only so much from the classroom, but traveling about the community helps them apply the value of lessons from the classroom. Arras-Boyd said the campaign has worked with church and school groups, employees at area businesses-large and small-and other groups to promote health and fitness activities at a county level, as well as build community connections. "Students are actively engaged in promoting health as part of a very pro-active initiative-this is more about prevention than curing disease. The students are helping in the effort to get the word out about adopting healthy lifestyles and making good food choices," Arras-Boyd said. "We're trying to bring the community together around these health issues.

"This is more than an individual problem. We can scold a person or encourage them but it's not enough. This is a cultural battle. We seem to have engineered active living and health out of our daily routines. For example, children spend three to four hours a day in front of a television set. And, even though the state mandates that schools provide physical education daily, students may spend much of this time standing around awaiting their turn to play or participate."

For more information about the Get Up and Go!® campaign, visit the Web site:

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Awareness Program Through SIUE Housing To Highlight Acts of Oppression

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) University Housing and the Bluff Hall Resident Assistant staff at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are sponsoring an awareness program to spotlight local, regional, national and international acts of oppression from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24-25 in the Bluff Hall activity wing.

The Abyss, a national, grassroots, consciousness-raising movement-formerly known as the Tunnel of Oppression-will feature multimedia, passive artwork and other venues in 12 exhibits. Individuals can take a self-guided tour, or request a tour with a guide, to encourage viewers to reflect on moral questions raised by hate and ignorance.

The tunnel experience promotes awareness at a campus level of issues of oppression, including hate, forced migration, sustainability and world hunger.
Participants will have the chance to share their thoughts about the project on a graffiti wall following tours, as well as enter a raffle to win an iPod Touch, a basket of Fair Trade items or gift cards to a (RED) store, such as the Gap. (RED) stores are those that donate money to eliminate AIDS in Africa.

For more information on the SIUE program, contact Jessica Vanderwood, Bluff Hall director for University Housing, (618) 650-0596, or

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Children's Adaptation Of The Bard's Merry Wives Set For March 21

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Season for the Child (SfC), the annual series of live theater performances for the entire family brought to you by the Friends of Theater and Dance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and TheBANK of Edwardsville, ends its 20th season with an adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Retitled Windsor Live! and taking place in a television network talk show format, one of the bard's most popular comedies is very entertaining for the younger set.

This delightful musical, performed by members of the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, plays at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. It's a hilarious farce re-created as a contemporary reality TV competition in the mold of American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance? and Project Runway. All the classic characters are here: the larger-than-life Falstaff, the beautiful Anne Page, the dimwitted Slender, and of course the "merry wives" themselves.

FOTAD is a support group for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance and uses the proceeds from SfC to help fund merit awards for talented SIUE theater and dance students. Each year, the organization awards some $5,000 in merit scholarships to qualified students. In addition, FOTAD awards another $5,000 each year for freshman scholarships, travel stipends and other support for the department. FOTAD also sponsors a Trivia Night in January and a Mystery Dinner Theater in early November. All proceeds help the scholarship fund.

SfC features professional theater troupes staging musical adaptations of various classic takes, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience. Last year, the Festival actors graced the FOTAD stage with a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was a hit with youngsters and parents alike. Windsor Live! promises the same kind of comedic energy.

For tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Tickets are $5 per person, including children.

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SIUE Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff Invited To Attend May 2 Event

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) In honor of the 200th birthday of one of the nation's greatest Presidents, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association is playing host to a private event for SIUE alumni, students, faculty and staff at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Deadline for reservations is March 31.

Attendees will enjoy an elegant dinner in the rotunda and private access to the entire museum including the Plaza, Journey One-The Pre-Presidential Years and Journey Two-The White House Years. The evening also includes private screenings of both museum films, Lincoln's Eyes and Ghosts of the Library.

SIUE alumni residing in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area will be able to take advantage of a charter bus service to Springfield, leaving at 4:30 p.m. from SIUE's Birger Hall on the SIUE campus and returning at 11:30. Free parking will be available in the Birger Hall parking lot. Tickets are $50 for Alumni Association members, $55 for non-members and $70 for the charter bus package. All prices include a seated dinner in the rotunda, with boneless chicken breast with supreme sauce, tenderloin with bourbon peppercorn sauce, mixed vegetable medley, garlic mashed potatoes, garden salad, strawberry shortcake and chocolate mousse cake. Beer and wine also will be served throughout the evening.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Web sity: or by calling (618) 650-2760.

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National Marketing Awards Highlight SIUE Excellence

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) As a scholar of Islamic philosophy and culture, Lucian Stone wanted to bring a series to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus to introduce people to the geographic region he knows.

Stone, an assistant professor of philosophy at SIUE, enlisted the help of his colleagues-Ann Yap, a graphic designer, and Heather Kniffel, marketing and communications manager-to showcase the series and his central message.

"One concept I hope that has come across throughout this series is that even phrases we take for granted, such as Middle East, are problematic," Stone said. "Iran' is a convenient designator of a geographic area that, in reality, does not exist. It is comprised of complex, divergent cultural trends, communities and individuals. The poster for this series illustrates this point beautifully.

"If you look closely at the picture, you see the faint outline of the country of Iran in the pupil of the woman. If we stay fixated on that outline, and insist that is the entire picture, then the person herself is lost from view.

"We have to step back, bracket the prejudices that narrow our perceptions, and in so doing, only then do we see the face of the other."

It was his hope that the poster would capture people's attention and create visual interest, leading to increased attendance at events, and, thus, a better understanding by attendees of the Middle East. The poster Yap created for Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker and Film Series, accomplished those goals, and took a Gold Award at the 24th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards competition.

The SIUE Marketing and Communications team won four national awards in all, including:

• A Bronze Award for Faculty Excellence Ads, which showcase some of the University's exceptional faculty members, committed to providing students an excellent education;
• Two Meritorious awards for the 2007-2008 Chancellor's Report and the annual Search Piece.

Sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report, formerly the Admissions Marketing Report, it is the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the country. A national panel of judges, admissions marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the Admissions Marketing Report editorial board judged entries based on creativity, marketing execution and impact of message.

According to the competition's Web site, more than 2,000 entries were submitted this year from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools, representing all 50 states and several foreign countries.

"Our continued success in this competition is proof that we are building awareness of SIUE at local, regional and national levels," said Elizabeth Keserauskis, executive director of marketing and communications. "The institutional long-term goal of building an excellent reputation is being achieved, and it is our job, as a solid team working with other entities within the University, to support and build on that excellent reputation."

The Marketing and Communications team, through University Relations, works with units such as Admissions Marketing, Alumni Affairs and the Chancellor's Office to develop an integrated marketing program for the entire university.

"All of the creative pieces we produce continue to deliver a consistent message of the high quality experience available at SIUE-both in content and design," Kniffel said. "We are fortunate to have such a talented team at SIUE and I am very proud of our successes."

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SIUE Music Faculty To Bring 31st Coffee Concert Season To A Close

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music brings its 31st season of the Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series to a close at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, with Trios Large and Small: An Unlikely Concerto Combination, selections by Gordon Jacob, Frank Bridge and Felix Mendelssohn. The series, conducted in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center, provides guests with performances by music faculty as well as some coffee and conversation.

The March 30 event will include Jacob's Concerto for Clarinet and Trumpet; featuring performances by clarinetist James "Mac" Hinson and trumpeter John Korak, both members of the SIUE music faculty. In addition, Bridge's Miniatures for Violin, Violincello and Piano and Mendelssohn's Trio in D-minor, Op. 49, for Piano, Violin and Cello will feature performances by violinist Lenora-Marya Anop, pianist Linda Perry and cellist Marta Simidtchieva, also members of the music faculty.

Tickets per concert are $10; senior citizens, $9; and students, $5. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance to insure that enough beverages and desserts will be available. For more information or for tickets, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900, or contact the Fine Arts box office in Rm. 1042 of SIUE's Dunham Hall, or call (618) 650-2774.

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SIUE Stages Emergency Response Exercise, Collaborates With Community

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville held a coordinated emergency response exercise Wednesday, enhancing its preparation efforts to handle a crisis situation.

SIUE staged the response effort, teaming with representatives from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Madison County Emergency Management, Edwardsville and Alton fire departments, the Illinois Fire Service Center, the American Red Cross, the Madison County Health Department and Edwardsville Police Department. The focus of the exercise was to examine current practices and talk through planning and response scenarios during table top sessions.

"This exercise was critical for relationship building and educational purposes," said Robert Vanzo, director of Administrative Services. "It is always better to take a proactive approach to dealing with potential threats, rather than react when an event happens. While no agency or organization can ever be fully prepared for danger, engaging in exercises, such as this one, can help facilitate a much smoother transition."

A drill now to employ a coordinated team response will mean less guess work and probability of uncertainty when handling emergency situations later.

"The purpose of the tabletop exercise was to have SIUE's emergency team discuss and contemplate how they would perform their emergency team roles in a crisis situation," said David McDonald, director of emergency management and safety at SIUE. "The objective was to better prepare SIUE's emergency team in the event of a large scale emergency. The exercise provided members with a supplement to the education they obtained through completing online courses and mandatory testing."

With questions, or to obtain more information about the emergency response exercise or SIUE's emergency team, contact McDonald, (618) 650-2438, or,

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Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center At SIUE Offers Challenge Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking small businesses and entrepreneurs for Challenge Awards, worth up to $10,000 in match funds.

"Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to create jobs and increase revenue within a year after receiving the award," said Kristine Jarden, Entrepreneurship Center director. "This program comes at such a critical time in our country's economic history. The matching funds can make a big difference for some savvy businesses."

Established by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the award program aims to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses with obtaining professional services for comprehensive business planning assistance, the evaluation of a proposed start-up or expansion, or other accelerated support purposes.

Projects eligible for this award include overall business strategy, marketing strategy, marketing plan development, legal and accounting services, technology and products audits, Web site and product development, financial modeling and funding strategies, management operations and budgeting consultation, as well as assistance.

Other specialized services deemed critical to achieve a significant business milestone also will be considered. The award money will be administered directly to the vendor providing the services for the company or entrepreneur.

For details about the Challenge Award, to fill out an application, or for details about services through the Entrepreneurship Center, visit For more information, call (618) 650-2166.

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EBR Redmond Writers Set Women's Month Feature

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "In Praise of Women: History & Homage" will be the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club's Women's Month feature, slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Room 2083 Building B of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center on the ESL Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive. The public is invited to this free event which is co-sponsored by SIUE and Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural journal published by the EBR Club and the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature. Redmond is a professor emeritus of English at SIUE.

The program will be hosted by Club President Darlene Roy and will include panelists-drawing upon "herstory"-and open mic recitations by Roscoe Crenshaw, Angela Dates, Deborah M. Johnson, Susan Lively, Charlois Lumpkin, Redmond, Takia Yates, Dr. Lena Weathers and others.

The EBR Writers Club, founded in March 1986 and chartered by Sherman Fowler, Redmond, and Roy, is also celebrating its 23rd birthday this month. Trustees are poets Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka, actor Avery Brooks, novelist Walter Mosley, poet-editor Quincy Troupe, scholar Jerry Ward Jr., and Dr. Weathers. Late trustees include Gwendolyn Brooks, Raymond R. Patterson, Barbara Ann Teer and Margaret Walker-Alexander.

With SIUE, the Club also publishes several books, among them Drumvoices Revue (The Richard Wright Centennial Issue/2008) and Eighty Moods of Maya & Other Photo-Poetic Moments from the EBR Collection (also 2008). Both will be available for sale March 17. For more information about the Writers Club or other area cultural-literary activities, call (618) 650-3991; write the EBR Writers Club, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62201; or e-mail:

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D. Brown-Thompson Named Employee Of The Month For March

Debbie Brown-Thompson, office support specialist in the Department of Theater and Dance, is the March recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo Brown-Thompson is flanked by Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher, who presented the award, and Peter Cocuzza, chair of the department who nominated her for the award. In addition to the plaque she is holding, Brown-Thompson was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant and a parking space close to her office for 30 days. At right are Lora Miles and Gregory J. Conroy, members of the Employee of the Month Selection Committee. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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SIUE Professor To Speak About Globalization In Construction

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Chris Gordon, assistant professor of Construction in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering, will speak about "Building Across Borders" on Thursday, March 19, in SIUE's Morris University Center. Gordon's presentation will follow a networking session at 11:30 a.m. that day and lunch at noon. The $8 cost includes a pizza buffet, salad, dessert, beverage and free parking in SIUE's Visitor Lot B. Checks should be made payable to the ISPE - St. Clair Chapter. Reservations: may be made through Associate Construction Professor Dianne Slattery, (618) 650-5019, or by e-mail: by noon Monday, March 16.

Gordon's presentation will highlight trends in globalization and international development that are influencing what we build (e.g. new infrastructure needs) and how we build (e.g. entering new markets, using novel financing and project delivery mechanisms, choosing among capital-intensive and labor-intensive construction methods, and selecting resources and firms from several countries). He will draw examples from commercial construction experiences in the United States and Germany, his wind turbine installation experience in Malawi, as well as a recent visit to Mexico with this semester's International Construction travel-study course.

Gordon earned a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, a bachelor of science and master of science in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in 1998 and 1999, respectively. Gordon also has been employed in construction management on commercial construction projects ranging from the $25 million Southwest Bank headquarters in St. Louis to the $150 million GAP World Headquarters in San Francisco to the $2.5 billion Potsdamer Platz development in Berlin Germany. He is actively involved in research and teaching related to emerging topics in construction, such as sustainability and information technology

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Pain Summit To Draw Hundreds To SIUE From Around The Country

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A pharmacy pain summit expected to attract more than 200 professionals from across the country will take place at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus Oct. 1-2.

The planning summit, designed to bring representatives together from schools and colleges of pharmacy, post-graduate residency and fellowship programs and practicing pharmacists to the area, will focus on making recommendations to shape the future of pain and palliative care. Professionals will discuss a variety of topics in breakout sessions, including care standards and assessment, curriculum enhancement, residency and fellowship training, certificate program content development and credentialing.

The topics of the breakout sessions are a result of professional collaboration at the 2003 National Pain and Palliative Care Summit at The Ohio State University. SIUE School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Chris Herndon secured funding for the national effort through the Mayday Fund, which was established in 1992 and is committed to social and medical causes.

"The purpose of this summit is to improve pain and palliative care education for pharmacists of today and tomorrow," Herndon said. "A real need exists to enhance the care and direction provided by pharmacists.

"The provision of this care might be from any setting and encompass a wide range of scope of practice. To effect change in the preparation of pharmacists to provide care to the population, the effort must be considered across a continuum."
Herndon has worked for nearly three years with an advisory board of pharmacy experts from across the country to organize the summit.

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SIUE Hardin Student Seeks Nursing Degree For Military Career

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A bachelor of science in nursing-especially one from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Nursing-opens many doors, not the least of which could be a satisfying career in the United States Armed Forces. At least that's the case for the Soward Family of Hardin, with two of the children already enrolled in the SIUE School of Nursing and the youngest exploring similar possibilities. The Sowards' older son, Charles, is headed for a nursing degree and a career in the U.S. Army; a daughter, Hannah, is seeking a BSN at SIUE but is considering a career in the private sector; and the younger son, William, currently at Hardin High School, is considering the same career path as Charles.

Although Hannah is not following a military path, she believes her brothers will receive a solid nursing background at SIUE that would help them no matter what the career choice. "SIUE has great nursing faculty," she said, "and there are many hospitals in the region to accommodate our clinical programs. I was surprised Charles and William both took an interest in the nursing program but they couldn't have made a better choice, no matter what career field they choose. I know both of our folks are happy about it."

As for Charles, he said he didn't consider a career in nursing until he was a senior in high school. "I actually was interested in law enforcement or a medical career," Charles explained. "So, I enrolled in the ROTC program at SIUE and received a scholarship. I also found out how many ways I can apply a nursing degree in the military, so I declared a nursing major. I feel this will satisfy both of my career goals and, even if I eventually leave the military, my nursing degree and my background will make it easy to get a job in the medical field," he said. "In fact, I have several options-I could continue my nursing education and obtain a graduate degree, opening doors for ob-gyn nursing or ICU or ER nursing work."

The plan is to complete a BSN, become a commissioned officer in the Army, head off to Officer Basic Leaders Course for six months, complete a four-year active service obligation and four years of inactive ready reserve (or IRR) service. During his IRR time, Charles could also work in a hospital in the private sector. "I believe that SIUE has a great nursing program with great faculty," he said. "They push us to be better and help us work harder to stay at a high excellence level because the field is becoming very competitive."

Charles also notes that while the SIUE nursing curriculum is cutting edge the program still is small enough to provide a great amount of one-on-one between students and faculty. "I'm very happy to be part of this program," he said.

Maj. Michael W. Porch, assistant professor of military science with the SIUE Army ROTC program and also the scholarship and enrollment officer for the unit, said the career possibilities in nursing are very useful in the military and, later, in the real world. "The Army offers career opportunities for nurses who will find that they will move up the ladder much faster than in the real world. "An Army nurse could become a head nurse within four years, something that takes an average of seven years to achieve in the civilian world," Porch said. "In fact, you'll find that an Army nurse has many benefits not found in the private sector; for example, better health benefits, more opportunities for advancement, and a more collaborative atmosphere between doctors and nurses when it comes to determining care for the patient.

"In addition, the Army offers travel opportunities," Porch said. "We have hospitals throughout the world." Porch also pointed out that enrolling in the ROTC program at SIUE offers several options to qualified students. "Many state and federal scholarships are available to ROTC students," Porch pointed out, "and, when a qualified ROTC student graduates, he or she is offered a commission as an officer in the Army," he said. "Not to mention the leadership training you receive through ROTC. And, in Charles' case, if he later would leave the military altogether at some point, he would still have an amazing résumé to help him get a good job in the private sector."

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2009 Cougar World Games Seeks Participants; Challenge Body, Mind, Spirit

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 2009 Cougar World Games, through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Campus Recreation, is looking for global explorers to participate in an annual event that promotes diversity, understanding and acceptance between people of all colors, cultures, heritage and ethnicities.

Individuals will take part in a tour of the continents and participate in activities that will challenge the body, mind and spirit. A free meal, featuring an array of cuisine from different continents, as well as a free T-shirt will be provided to participants.

"This event is particularly valuable to you as a student, resident advisor, student organization member, faculty member, staff member, university department member, or even as a family member," said Nathan Scott, a recreation specialist at SIUE and member of the Cougar World Games Planning Committee. "Our goal for this event is to provide an experience that we feel every individual in our campus community can benefit from.

"Our hope is to create a sense of team cohesiveness among a group of people who did not know each other before arriving."

Pre-registration is required and participation is limited to the first 100 registrants. The deadline to secure a spot is Wednesday, March 25. The event will take place from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

Applications are available at , or at the SIUE Student Fitness Center Front Desk, and can be returned to the fitness center desk upon completion, or sent via FAX, (618) 650-5718.

For more information, contact Scott, (618) 650-3245, or by e-mail,

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Regional Science Fair At SIUE Will Encourage Students In Grades 5-12

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host the 25th Annual Regional Science Fair in the Morris University Center from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

The work of more than 300 students in grades 5-12, representing a 10-county area will be featured.

"Science projects take advantage of a child's natural curiosity, stimulate the imagination and encourage independent critical thinking," said Dawn Olive from the SIUE Office of Science and Math Education and the IJAS Regional Science Fair coordinator. "Science fairs offer a unique educational opportunity for students to share their research with a wider audience and be recognized for their efforts."

Students compete for a variety of local and national awards. A few student exhibitors will be nominated for advancement to the IJAS State Fair in Champaign, and the International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nev.

"Science projects teach students to apply the scientific method, as well as foster an understanding of how and why science is an integral part of life," said Kelly Barry, director of the Regional Science Fair and SIUE assistant professor of biological sciences. "A science fair project fulfills many of the Illinois State Goals and Learning Standards as students apply reading, writing, mathematics and artistic skills to communicate their research findings."

The event is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund with support from ConocoPhillips, Wood River Refinery and an array of community organizations. For more information, contact Olive,, in the SIUE Office of Science and Mathematics Education, (618) 650-3065, or Barry, director of the Regional Science Fair and SIUE assistant professor of Biological Sciences,

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  • Loen Graceson-Martin joined the University Jan. 1 as director of Student Services for the School of Engineering.
  • Brandi Hudson joined the University March 1 as an academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Mary Walker joined the University Feb. 10 as an assistant director in the Office of Educational Outreach.
  • Jason Yu, an instructor in the Department of Mass Communications, was named an assistant professor Feb. 1.

Retirements (all effective March 1 unless otherwise noted)

  • Donna Blackwell, manager of Benefit Services in the Office of Human Resources, after more than 29 years.
  • James Hunter, a groundsworker for Facilities Management, after 10 years.
  • Janice Hunter, an office support specialist in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, after 23 years.
  • Martha Leese, assistant to the director in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, after nearly 17 years.
  • Barbara Paulovich, a coordinator in the dental unit at the School of Dental Medicine, after more than 30 years.
  • Jo Ann Ruyle, an associate in the Office of Human Resources, after nearly 31 years.

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SIUE Summer Session Registration Begins March 16; Come 'Dive In'

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) With nearly 750 classes to choose from, now is the best time to "dive in" and enroll in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Summer Session, a smart move that could mean lighter class loads in the coming semesters and also a chance to attend classes with an even lower teacher-student ratio than usually offered at SIUE.

According to Roger Maclean, executive director of SIUE's Office of Educational Outreach and coordinator of the Summer Session, attending class in the summer also helps keep students in a convenient course sequence. "We have structured pre-requisite courses so they do not overlap," Maclean said. "For example, a brand new student who starts SIUE in the summer could take the two required courses in biology needed to move up to the 200 level; in other words, they'd be ready to start a 200 level biology course in the fall.

"In addition, one of the most significant benefits of starting your academic experience in the summer is that you can lock in at the previous year's tuition rate," he said. "Then, your tuition cost for the next 48 consecutive months will be the same. Each fall, the cost of tuition rises roughly 10 percent. By jumpstarting your academic career in the summer instead of the fall, your savings could be significant over the course of the next four years. "As for continuing SIUE students, enrolling in Summer Session helps them stay on track to finish within the 48-month 'guaranteed tuition rate clock.'"

Maclean also pointed out other benefits to enrolling in summer session:

  • Fees are less;
  • Housing is significantly less expensive;
  • An excellent time to take classes typically difficult to enroll in for fall or spring;
    It's a beautiful time to be on the SIUE campus, with foliage in full bloom, lush green landscaping; a perfect setting for biking, walking, or swimming at the pool; and,
  • Also, a great time to break from studies to enjoy Summer Showbiz on the mainstage at SIUE's Dunham Hall, or any of the area attractions such as the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Zoo, and a variety of museums.

Registration for SIUE's Summer Session begins Monday, March 16; visit the Web site for more information:, by phone, (618) 650-2080, or by e-mail: Those interested also may visit SIUE's Service Center on the first floor of Rendleman Hall for more information.

Click here for photo of students visiting the Summer Session information table in SIUE's Goshen Lounge. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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SIUE Opera Theater To Present Two Operas March 27-28

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Opera Theater will perform two operas-Menotti's The Telephone and Henry Purcell's Dido and Æneas-at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, in the theater at SIUE's Dunham Hall. The performances also will feature the SIUE Chamber Orchestra under the musical direction of SIUE Music Professor Michael Mishra and stage direction by SIUE Assistant Music Professor Marc Schapman.

"I'm really proud of the work everyone has done thus far preparing these shows," Schapman said. "This production encompasses a great leap for SIUE Opera Theater and the growth of the vocal area in the Department of Music." Schapman also points out that the casts include very talented vocal performance majors from the Department. "The evening will showcase our finest talents in the vocal area as well as our very talented orchestral musicians," Schapman said. "All the cast members have worked extremely hard and I greatly appreciate their efforts."

In the Menotti, Schapman explained that Ben, bearing a gift, comes to visit Lucy at her apartment; he wants to propose to her before he leaves on a trip. "Despite his attempts to get her attention for sufficient time to ask his question, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the telephone," Schapman said. "Between her calls, when Lucy leaves the room, Ben even tries to cut the telephone cord-unsuccessfully. Not wanting to miss his train, Ben leaves without asking Lucy for her hand in marriage, but makes one last attempt: he calls Lucy from a telephone booth outside on the street and makes his proposal. She consents, and the two join in a romantic duet over the phone line, at the end of which Lucy makes sure that Ben remembers her phone number.

Graduate music student Natalie Pannier, a cast member in the 17th Century Purcell work, said the experience of working with talented performers and musicians has been enjoyable. "We had to force ourselves to step outside the box with various acting exercises," Pannier said. "Whether it was doing improv or monologues, I think everyone pushed themselves this semester, and had a lot of fun doing it. "I always looked forward to rehearsals; it never felt like 'work.' From the other singers, to the accompanists, to our director, Dr. Schapman, this was a wonderful group of people to collaborate with. New friendships were obtained, old ones were made stronger, and we have fabulous operas to share with our audiences."

In the Purcell, the audience will be transported to ancient Carthage and Troy for a love story filled with cunning, treachery and witchcraft. The Queen of Carthage Dido and the Trojan warrior Æneas are at the center of conflicts between the two cities. Undergraduate vocal performance major Keith Wehmeier, who plays the spirit in the Purcell, pointed out: "Typically, Dido and Æneas is staged in a very traditional and somewhat static format. We are really putting a spin on the staging and providing the audience with a more contemporary, interpretive, and involved performance. I believe everyone will enjoy it."

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: for information.

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St. Louis' Own Peter And Jim Mayer To Appear At SIUE March 20

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two of St. Louis' favorite sons, Jim and Peter Mayer-successful recording artists with Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band as well as with their own singing and songwriting-will appear for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Arts & Issues series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, as Peter Mayer and Company plays "Beyond Abbey Road" in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

Mayer and friends will present a fascinating journey through the music of The Beatles-featuring original arrangements of the classic songs from one of the world's greatest rock bands, a group that changed the face of music forever. What also will make the evening special will be the blending of a rock ensemble and a string quartet.

The official media sponsor for the A&I series is the Edwardsville Intelligencer, while the series official hotel sponsor is Hampton Inn and Suites. Arts & Issues Coordinator Grant Andree said the March 20 concert was actually put together solely for SIUE. "The last time Beyond Abbey Road was performed was in 2006," Andree explained. "The show's producer, Dan Rubright, also is from St. Louis and, with the Mayer brothers' connection to St. Louis, thought it would be a great idea."

Andree pointed out other highlights from the band's personnel:

  • Maggie Estes won the 2006 Georgia State Fiddle Championship and the Indiana State Championship (for her age group) in 2006. She placed in the top five of the 2003 National Old Time Fiddle Competition (Jr. Jr. division) in Weiser, Idaho, and in 2002 she won the Official National Championship Country Musician Beginners for the fiddle.
  • Drummer Roger Guth also plays with the Coral Reefers Band.
  • Percussionist/vocalist Scott Bryan spent five years with Sheryl Crow, playing keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel guitar, percussion and vocals. Bryan also honed his songwriting skills with Crow, co-authoring her 1996 Top Ten U.K. single Hard to Make a Stand.
  • Flutist Mark Holland, a regular on NPR's Echoes, is considered by many to be the top performer and recording artist today on the Native American flute.

"The timeless melodies and power of these favorite Beatles' works will ring true to the Arts & Issues audience; the creativity of how they are framed and presented by master performer Peter Mayer and Company, keeps us anticipating the next twist,' Producer Rubright said. Andree added: "This is the music of The Beatles like we have rarely heard. We're very happy to be able to present this show to our Arts & Issues patrons, many of whom came of age with the music of The Beatles," Andree said.

The remaining event in the Arts & Issues 2008-09 season, also appearing in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom, is drummer, bandleader and composer T.S. Monk with his jazz sextet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. For additional information about the series, call Grant Andree, (618) 650-2626; tickets are available through the Web site: or by calling the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-5774.

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SIUE's Annual Nursing Research Conference Set For April 10

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Carol Picard-known nationally and internationally for her work in promoting nursing as an evidence-based, theory-guided, reflective practice-will be the keynote speaker at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing's Annual Martha Welch Nursing Research Conference on April 10. Registration must be submitted by April 3. Scheduled in SIUE's Morris University Center from noon-5 p.m. that Friday, Picard will speak about the theme of the conference, "Partnerships: Weaving the Threads of Collaboration into Nursing Research, Practice and Education." SIUE's Epsilon Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau is co-sponsoring the conference.

Picard, who is immediate past president of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, and president of Carol Picard Associates, has made more than 250 presentations and appeared in more than 45 publications, addressing issues of leadership, caring, and restorative and creative practices to support nursing. Focusing on the experience of illness for patients and their families, Picard promotes the use of reflective art as pattern appreciation in research studies, and creative movement as a mode of expression with selected groups, including parents of persons with bi-polar disorder.

She is a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing, in practice for the past 33 years, with a particular interest in chronic mental illness and quality of life, recently publishing Giving Voice to What We Know: Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Nursing Practice, Research and Education (Jones and Bartlett, 2004). As a poet and dancer, Picard brings the arts to the arena of healing for patients and students. She has choreographed dances on the subject of healing and led workshops on movement and wholeness.

The conference also is being offered for 3.0 contact hours by the SIUE School of Nursing, an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, which is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Registration is $35; Sigma Theta Tau members, $25; SIUE students, $5. Registration forms are available on the Sigma Theta Tau Web site: Telephone registration will be accepted; call the SIUE Office of Conferences and Institutes for more information, (618) 650-2663. For more program information, contact Karen Kelly, (618) 650-3908, or by e-mail:

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School Of Engineering To Help With Middle School Robotics Camp

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Edwardsville High School Robotics Team, in collaboration with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Computer Science in the SIUE School of Engineering, will conduct a Robotics Mini-Camp for middle school students from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 21, in Room 2029 of the SIUE Engineering Building. The robotics camp is limited to the first 24 students who return a completed application.

The focus of the camp is to introduce robotics to students who will receive a hands-on experience in designing, constructing, and competing with other robots in a Robot Carnival. Cost for the camp is $30 per person. An application is available on line: Contact Scott Hagin by telephone, (618) 656-7100, ext. 20886. The proceeds from the camp support the EHS Robotics Team.

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SIUE Men's Bowling Club Earns Sectional Bid For Second Consecutive Year

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) For the second consecutive year, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Men's Bowling Club will compete in the post-season, as part of a sectional bid in the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships.

Ranking 45th nationally, the club will participate in the Midwest Sectional at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights on March 14-15. St. Clair Bowl is one of four sites across the country that will host a regional competition. To be included in post-season competition, clubs must rank among the top 64 in the nation.

Nearly 20 teams from Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin will compete at the Fairview Heights event, including the University of Illinois, Wichita State University and Michigan State University.

Earned Team Ranking System points for USBC Collegiate-certified competitions throughout the season are used to determine sectional assignment. The top four teams from each of the four competition locations will advance to the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships, scheduled for May 17-19 in Euless, Texas.

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UW Professor To Speak At 34th Annual Marti Lecture At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Arthur Fine, professor of American philosophy of science at the University of Washington, will be the speaker Thursday, March 26, at the 34th Annual Fritz Marti Lecture at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Speaking about "Worldly Understanding: Science, Realism and Objectivity," Fine will conduct the lecture at 5 p.m. in the Oak/Redbud Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. A reception is scheduled from 4:30-5 p.m.

Fine taught for many years at Northwestern University and also has held numerous visiting appointments at the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, Stanford, and the University of Chicago, as well as at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. A past president of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association and of the Philosophy of Science Association, Fine serves on editorial boards of numerous professional journals as well as on advisory panels for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences.

Author of numerous books and more than 100 articles and reviews, Fine may be best known for proposing the Natural Ontological Attitude (NOA) as a resolution to the debates over scientific realism and for contributing to the development of one of the contending interpretations of quantum mechanics.

The Marti Lecture was established in spring 1976 to honor the memory of then-Philosophical Studies Emeritus Professor Fritz Marti, who taught at SIUE from 1966-1971. For more information, call the Department of Philosophy, (618) 650-2250.

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SIUE To Offer 26th Annual Art Therapy Conference On April 4

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Lynn Kapitan, founder of the graduate art therapy program at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, will be the featured educator at the 26th Annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Art Therapy Conference scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in SIUE's Alumni Hall. The conference is sponsored in part by the SIUE Friends of the Art and by the SIUE Student Art Therapy Association.

Kapitan will speak about "Re-enchanting Art Therapy and other Subversive Practices of Creative Restoration," offering emerging trends in global social change and presenting new tools for transforming awareness into creative action. This workshop will examine the research on various survival strategies of art therapists working in toxic environments and identifying common elements of transformation in the process of restoring creative vitality to individuals and communities.

She is a past president of the American Association of Art Therapists (AATA) and executive editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. As an art therapist activist, Kapitan practices community-based, cross-cultural art therapy in consultation with non-governmental organizations in Central and South America. She has published and presented nationally and internationally, and is the author of Re-Enchanting Art Therapy Transformational Practice for Restoring Creative Vitality (Charles C. Thomas, 2003).

In 2000, Kapitan earned a doctorate in art therapy, with specializations in community arts and leadership, at the Union Institute and the University in Cincinnati; a master of professional studies in creative arts therapy, in 1983, at the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, NY; and a bachelor of science in art education and in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin in 1977. For more information about the April 4 event, contact Kelley Brown by phone: (618) 650-3896, or by e-mail:

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Early Childhood Center Preschoolers Visit SIUE Engineering Labs

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Preschoolers from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Early Childhood Center visited the SIUE School of Engineering's Department of Civil Engineering on Feb. 17. For about an hour and a half, 16 youngsters, supervised by staff from the Early Childhood Center, including teacher Stephanie Henschen, assistant teacher Mary Blain, undergraduate student worker Elaina May, volunteer Courtney Gibson and student teacher Monica Venhaus, were introduced to some basic civil engineering concepts:

• An open-channel flow demonstration, which shows how people can get caught in turbulent water and unable to get out;
• How water flows around objects in a stream and causes erosion using a stream table;
• Sand-sieving to show that it is made up of different sizes;
• Soil-rolling to find soil plasticity, or, how water influences the look and behavior of soil.

The children were given SIUE souvenirs, including bottles of bubbles and piggy banks, courtesy of the SIUE Foundation. SIUE Professor of Civil Engineering Susan Morgan, who is chair of the department and the mother of one of the preschoolers, worked with Brent Vaughn, a lab specialist and Trisha Youngquist, a graduate student, to create a memorable experience for the youngsters.

"Most engineering outreach, including in the School of Engineering, is focused on middle and high schools," Morgan said. "This was an opportunity to introduce engineering to preschoolers, who are such a terrific audience-enthusiastic and not only willing to get wet and dirty, but excited about it. "We had a great time showing them a few basic engineering concepts, and they had a lot of fun playing with the water and soil."

Click here for a picture of preschooler Jayden Johnson, 5, of Edwardsville, sieving sand during a recent visit to the SIUE School of Engineering.

Click here for a picture of (from left to right) Kathryn Morgan, 4, Jayden Johnson, 5 and Sofia Muller, 4, all of Edwardsville, and Isabelle Leyba, 4, of Granite City, learning about erosion and other civil engineering principles at a stream table.

Click here for a picture of (from left to right) Kyle Peery, 3, of Collinsville, and Vyla Hupp, 4, of Edwardsville, use water to learn about soil plasticity.

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