In response to the recent disasters in northern Japan-caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami-the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Campus Activities Board (CAB) kicked off a fundraiser recently for survivors of the disasters. Most of the contributions to the student effort will be passed on to the American Red Cross.
"It was determined that funds should be donated to the Red Cross except those specifically directed toward children who are victims of the disasters," said CAB advisor Michelle Welter. "We've decided to utilize the UNICEF organization for the children's portion of the effort," she said. The fund drive was begun recently with a ceremony in the SIUE Morris University Center featuring remarks by International Student Council President Mary Clabaugh, Student Body President Brandon Rahn and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.
Plans also include fundraising activities during the University's annual Spring fest celebration scheduled for April 18-21 and sponsored by CAB. Other educational activities for students are also being planned, Welter said, while other student organizations are exploring activities to become involved in the fundraising effort, including fundraising during campus events.
For more information about other planned activities for the fundraising effort or to make a contribution, call the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686.
In the photo at right, SIUE Student Body President Brandon Rahn, SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and International Student Council President Mary Clabaugh made their donations to the Fund Drive for the survivors of the recent disasters in Northern Japan. (SIUE Photo)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association will offer a wine tasting and opportunities to reconnect with former classmates at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Westview Wine Cellar, on the lower level of 1803 Ramada Blvd., the site of the former Sonny & Char's Restaurant, Collinsville. Each attendee will receive a complimentary drink ticket as well as a chance to win alumni apparel and other great prizes.
Bev George, president of the SIUE Alumni Association, said: "The SIUE Alumni Association is anxious to enjoy our networking session at the Westview Wine Cellar, owned by two of our alums." The event will be held on the outdoor patio area, allowing all attendees to network with former Cougars living and working in the Collinsville area, while enjoying panoramic views of the St. Louis skyline. "Our events have brought together many decades of SIUE alums to enjoy old and new friends, and has proven to be an ideal venue for embracing our University experience," George said.
Those alumni interested in attending may register on-line: www.siue.edu/alumni, or by calling (618) 650-2760.
Six residents will be inducted into the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Red Storm Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in SIUE's Evergreen Hall. Since 2006, more than 90 campus University Housing residents have been inducted into the chapter for recognition as top residence hall leaders.
The NRHH is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). NRHH inductees are considered a member of the Top one percent of residence hall leaders and are required to hold a minimum cumulative 2.3 grade point average, reside in housing for at least two semesters prior to the semester of selection, reside in housing during the semester of selection, must be a non-professional contract holding student and exhibit outstanding leadership and service in University Housing.
Cathy Passananti, Prairie Hall Community Director and NRHH Advisor, said: "This group represents the top one percent of our on-campus leaders, totaling 35 members. Our 35 members have worked diligently over the past year to build this organization through our on- and off-campus service events," Passananti said. "It is thrilling that the organization has grown so much in the past couple years. It means that our new inductees have amazing opportunities to make a difference through their membership in this organization."
More than 15 residents were nominated and the following residents will be inducted: Devon Spaw, of Lake in the Hills; Jennifer Goldstein, of Mattoon; Seth Arnold, of Watson; Maeve Juenger, of Waterloo; Tyler (Jeffrey) Wilson, of Chatham; and Jillian Hills, of Williamsville.
Each year, the Red Storm Chapter also inducts honorary members, those who do not meet the requirements for active membership, but who have contributed a great deal to University Housing and/or NRHH. Since 2006, more than 15 SIUE faculty-staff have been inducted as honorary members. This spring, the Red Storm Chapter will induct: Bobbie Cole, Cougar Village community director; Karen Ash, Housing information supervisor; Tracey Kane, Housing Assignments coordinator; Traice Webb, Counseling Services staff psychologist; and Sgt. Dan Murphy, SIUE Police.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Meridian Society will present the Women's Philanthropy & Leadership Workshop in the Morris University Center on campus from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 7.
Villie Appoo, chief executive officer from Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois and Alicia M. Lifrak, chief executive officer from Scout Executive, will be the morning keynote speakers. Sessions throughout the event will include, "Inspiring Stories from Women who Make a Difference at SIUE and in the Community," "Volunteering-Opportunity and Expectations, Risks and Rewards: How to Grow Personally while Providing Service for Your Community," "Skills for the Empowered Woman with an Emphasis on Work/Life Balance" and "Legacy Planning for Your Family and Your Favorite Foundation."
Women business executives and professionals; women philanthropists and donors; college and university faculty interested in philanthropy; fundraising executives; community leaders; non-profit and foundation leaders, board members and staff; and financial and legal advisers are encouraged to attend the workshop.
The registration fee for the event is $65, which includes sessions, workshop materials, a continental breakfast and lunch. Individuals can choose to only attend the luncheon for $25.
Launched in 2003, the Meridian Society, a philanthropic organization, is dedicated to supporting a variety of SIUE programs. The Society was named for the 90th Meridian, which is one-fourth of the way around the world from the Prime Meridian and runs through SIUE's campus.
The society has numerous goals, including the education of members about personal finance and philanthropic goals; the inspiration of women to become leaders in supporting SIUE and community causes, and the enhancement of understanding and knowledge of women in philanthropy, such as charitable support priorities and community influence.
For more details, or to register, contact Julie Babington, (618) 650-2378. More information about the Meridian Society visit siue.edu/give/meridian.
To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the American Civil War, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will play host to two days of activities-including a Civil War military "encampment"-Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. The project, "This Hallowed Ground: Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War," will include the Living History Exhibit (the encampment) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday on the grassy median just across from SIUE's Hairpin Drive. Historians will be on hand to answer questions about military life during the Civil War.
The event also will include a local version of the Antiques Road Show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in SIUE's Morris University Center, at which visitors may share family Civil war stories and artifacts with historians and librarians for recording purposes. Please note that items will not be appraised for monetary value; no firearms are permitted on campus.
A colloquia is also scheduled from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the Morris Center that will include roundtable discussions about various aspects of the American Civil War. Five hourly discussions are scheduled: "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors," "The Civil War and American Culture," "Southwestern Illinois in the Civil War," "Military Aspects of the Civil War," and "What Every Teacher Needs to Know about the Civil War." A related event later that week on campus includes talks by Ken Burns, the award-winning documentarian, who is coming to SIUE as part of the University's Arts & Issues series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Burns' presentation, "The Civil War," will take place in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom.
SIUE Historical Studies Professor Steve Hansen, a Civil war scholar and coordinator of the April 16-17 event, said activities are aimed at exploring the social, cultural, political and military aspects of this part of American history. "We hope this commemoration will help visitors explore how history can enrich their lives by broadening an understanding of our heritage and our society. The Living History Exhibit will be an exciting part of the event with authentic replicas of weaponry and uniforms used during the Civil War," Hansen said, "while the roundtable discussions and the Antiques Road Show will provide further insight.
"Five generations have passed since the end of the American Civil War," he said, "yet passionate debates and intense interest continue over the origins, purposes, meanings and consequences of this great watershed in American history. The large number of books and popular and professional magazines published every year, and the remarkable number of people who participate in Civil War roundtable discussions, Lincoln associations and other groups reflect some of the depth of America's interest."
The entire project, including the Burns' visit, is co-sponsored by the Alton Area Museum of History and Art, the Madison County Historical Society, the St. Clair County Historical Society, the Highland Historical Society and the Lebanon Historical Society. The project is being managed by SIUE Historical Studies faculty members and the SIUE Graduate School.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate School will present the 15th Annual Spring Symposium from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the SIUE Morris University Center (MUC.)
Washington University in St. Louis's Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Bill Smart, keynote speaker, will present "Answering Questions in Physical Anthropology with Machine Learning," from 9-10 a.m. in the MUC Maple-Dogwood room on the second floor. The topic will cover the obstacles preventing the use of computational techniques to answer interesting anthropological questions and possible solutions.
A faculty research panel offering "Tips on How to Prepare a Successful Research Grant Proposal" will take place from 10-11 a.m. in the Maple-Dogwood room, featuring SIUE faculty awardees: Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature Kristine Hildebrandt; Professor of Chemistry Michael Shaw, and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Ken Witt. Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Christa Johnson will moderate the discussion.
Also from 10-11:15 a.m. in the MUC Hackberry room, SIUE Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair and Professor of Psychology Emily Krohn, and IRB member and Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Ann Dirks-Linhorst, will talk about compliance with responsible conduct in research requirements for instruction for students employed on a research grant. Students are invited to register for and attend the workshop. The topic is "Human Subjects Protections."
From 11:30-1:15 p.m. the Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award Luncheon will take place in the Madison-Meridian Ballroom of the MUC to acknowledge Shaw, the 2011 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award recipient. During the luncheon Distinguished Research Professor and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Urszula Ledzewicz, will deliver a presentation titled "My Journey to the Paul Simon Award: A Case Study." Ledzewicz is the 2010 recipient of the award.
An Author's Display will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Madison room, Meridian Ballroom, featuring publications by SIUE faculty and staff. The display will be hosted by University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Stephen Kerber, and Archives Specialist Amanda Bahr-Evola.
A Graduate Student Research Symposium and Reception will take place from 1:30-4 p.m. on the second floor of the MUC. Works of graduate students and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities students will be displayed in the form of research papers, posters, exhibits and performances. Refreshments will be available.
The activities for the day also will include a Eugene B. Redmond Tour of the economic, political and cultural landmarks of East St. Louis. Associate Professor of Political Science Andrew Theising, who is the director of the Institute for Urban Research (IUR,) will lead the tour group on a journey to discover what happened to the "All American" city. The tour bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. from SIUE's Hairpin Drive, under the flagpoles, and will return to campus by 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations must be made at (618) 650-5262.
A Chancellor's Researchers' Reception will conclude the day's events from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Madison room and Meridian Ballroom. Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift will host the event, which will honor the faculty and staff members who have submitted external grants from March 1, 2010-Feb. 28, 2011. Attendance at the reception is by invitation only.
For more information or to make reservations, contact Linda Skelton, email@example.com.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Library and Information Services (LIS) Spring Symposium 2011 will present "Using Library Resources in Teaching: Evolving Teacher-Librarian Collaborations" from 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday, April 1 in the Lovejoy Library Abbot Auditorium.
The program will feature Lydia Jackson, SIUE instruction librarian, who will discuss "The Three 'Cs' in the Use of Library Resources," as well as Jessica DeSpain, an SIUE assistant professor of English language and literature, who will present "A Not So Virtual Materiality: Using Student-Created Digital and Physical Exhibits to Teach Book History." DeSpain will be joined by Stephen Kerber, SIUE university archivist and special collections librarian, who will discuss "The Future of Archives and Special Collections."
Gillian Acheson, an SIUE associate professor of geography, and Barbara Levergood, SIUE government information and catographic resources librarian, will lead a discussion on "Interfaces among Teaching Faculty, Librarians and our Students."
The event will close with a panel discussion on future directions for teacher-librarian collaborations and audience questions.
Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served during the event, which is sponsored by the LIS Research, Projects and Development Committee. For more information, contact the library, (618) 650-2711.
The 32 nd Annual Art Auction, sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Art, is set for Thursday, April 7, on the N.O. Nelson campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville. The auction will be conducted in the Leclaire Room of the Jay Hoffman Building on the campus at 600 Troy Road. The entire facility, then known as the Wagner Complex, was the home for many years to the SIUE Department of Art and Design.
This year's auction will feature original donated artwork, which may be previewed from 6 until 7 p.m. when professional auctioneers Gary Niemeier and Dennis Ahrens will begin the event. Admission is free to students and those who have donated pieces for the event, as well as members of the Friends of Art. Others are asked to pay $5 at the door.
Since 1977, the Friends of Art organization has assisted the SIUE Department of Art and Design in staging this fundraiser that has helped collect more than $295,000 in proceeds. These funds have assisted in bringing local, national and international artists, and lecturers to the SIUE campus.
In addition, the Friends group annually donates money to help purchase new books, videos and films about art for SIUE's Lovejoy Library; sponsors awards for the annual high school art exhibit and other SIUE student exhibits; sets aside funds for a graduate scholarship; and helps support the local ArtEast Studio tour.
Last year, more than 155 art pieces by faculty, alumni, friends and students were available for auction as well as 75 pieces available for the silent auction. Participants have almost as much fun bidding as winning the bid at this lively event. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Red Storm Chapter will play host to the First Annual Big Red Volleyball event April 9 to raise financial support and awareness for the American Heart Association.
Michelle Farney, NRHH co-advisor and SIUE's Woodland Hall assistant community director, said Big Red Volleyball is "unique; it is not your typical volleyball game - the ball is approximately 40" wide and all levels of skill are welcome. The NRHH Red Storm Chapter has been working diligently this year to become more well-known in the campus community," Farney said. "The members would like to see Big Red Volleyball become a tradition for their chapter here at SIUE. This program will provide an excellent opportunity for the members of the SIUE community to give back to a worthy cause, while being active and having a good time with friends and colleagues."
The single-elimination tournament will take place that Saturday at 4 p.m. at SIUE's Prairie Hall sand volleyball court. The first 30 teams to sign-up will compete in the event. Teams will consist of five to 10 players; registration is $5 per player, which includes a complimentary hot dog and drink at the event.
Teams may consist of students, faculty and staff, and the event is also open to anyone in the community. The championship team will receive celebratory T-shirts. Awards also will be given to the teams with the most team spirit and best overall team theme. Spectators are welcome and donations may be made at the event. For more information and to download the registration form, visit the website: siue.edu/housing/studentleadership/NRHH-about-us.shtml. For more information, contact Michelle Farney, (618) 650-4625, or Cathy Passananti, (618) 650-4652.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-cited nationally as an "up and coming" school for making innovative changes in the areas of faculty, student life, campus life and facilities-officially began today the public phase of a $50 million major gifts campaign.
At a kickoff dinner over the weekend, SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift announced that more than $26 million had already been contributed during the private phase of the campaign, which is named "Defining Excellence: The Campaign for SIUE." Vandegrift also announced the first major gift under the new public phase of the campaign-a $1 million gift that will create the East St. Louis 21 st Century STEM Learning Center to be located at the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The contribution is from Robert H. and Norma J. Graebe of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Robert Graebe, a native of East St. Louis and an engineer, made the gift to give back to the East St. Louis community. The gift will be used to create a model, high-technology STEM classroom and companion STEM computer laboratory to provide charter high school students, as well as students from East St. Louis schools, access to state-of-the-art technology, equipment and curricula, and to support teachers in providing students with hands-on, "minds-on" science learning.
Calling it the first ever fundraising campaign of its kind for the University, Vandegrift asked for the support of the entire university community as well as the surrounding region. "SIUE has been defining excellence in the region for more than 50 years," Vandegrift said. "Our University is an excellent investment in the future of our region and our state.
"As the economic landscape of our region changes, we face a number of challenges and opportunities," he said. Vandegrift also pointed out that state funding has declined from 46 percent of the University's budget to 26 percent in the past decade. "Only private gifts can build the SIUE endowment, a permanent source of funding for scholarships, endowed professorships and other programs that attract the best students and faculty.
"We are preparing the next generation of civic, health care and business leaders who will lead us into a new era of growth."
Byron Farrell, chair of the campaign, said he has watched SIUE grow out of a cornfield in the mid-1960s to become a significant institution of higher education for the region. "We're asking everyone to 'Say Yes' to a quality education," Farrell said. "My philosophy is that education is the key to solving many of our problems in the world today. I'm not really sure you can put a value on the educational resources the University continues to bring to the people of this region."
Farrell also pointed out that SIUE has been "the key" to economic opportunity and upward mobility for the youth throughout the area. "SIUE cannot be the best it can be with just appropriations from the state of Illinois," he said. "It's up to us. We've got to advance our University."
As chairman of "Defining Excellence: The Campaign for SIUE," Farrell said he is charged with reminding those involved in the campaign how important their efforts are to the university and to students. "I'm also responsible for helping remind those in the community at large about how important SIUE is to the region," Farrell said.
"In fact, that's one of the key messages of this campaign-the importance of this institution as a viable resource."
Fernando Aguirre, CEO of Chiquita Brands International, and Patricia Mercurio, president of Bank of America Missouri, are honorary co-chairs of the campaign. Both are graduates of SIUE.
Patrick Hundley, vice chancellor for University Relations and executive director of the SIUE Foundation, said the campaign allows "our supporters and alumni to invest in our momentum. Their generous gifts will keep SIUE's quality educational opportunities affordable for all students," Hundley said. "We will be seeking further support from alumni, corporate leaders and the community.
"SIUE creates opportunities for students to receive a top-ranked education," he said. "More than half of our 90,000 graduates live and work in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, and SIUE makes a $471 million economic impact on our region every year."
Farrell echoed that sentiment: "Your support strengthens SIUE's commitment to meeting the needs of our region as well as ensuring the future viability of the programmatic, cultural, recreational and athletics resources on our campus," he said. "Our faculty, staff and alumni are committed to the growth and economic vitality of this region."
Sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association and the SIUE Office of Educational Outreach, the Grant Writing Workshop is returning to SIUE for the second consecutive year. The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 19, in the Special Events Room of Birger Hall from 6-8:30 p.m.
The event provides information on the grant application process and offers useful tips for making applications stand out from the competition. In an uncertain economy, this is an excellent resource for community and non-profit organizations.
Panel members include:
Pietroburgo will discuss the basics of the grant writing process including common terms, an explanation of the application process and description of the current funding landscape. Cuddeback will discuss how the Family Hospice pursues and is successfully awarded grants using limited resources.
Humphrey will provide a perspective from the grantor's point of view. She will describe what makes an application stand out and how organizations can create community partnerships to increase the likelihood of receiving funding. Parks will provide tips on how to find potential sources for funding and demonstrate the Grants & Foundation Center's online database system.
Registration is $20 and includes free parking in the SIUE Birger Hall parking lot and refreshments during the networking reception. Tickets may be ordered on the website: www.siue.edu/alumni, over the phone by calling (618) 650-2760, or in person at Birger Hall.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate School will present the 15th Annual Spring Symposium Wednesday, March 30, featuring keynote speaker Bill Smart, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.
"Answering Questions in Physical Anthropology with Machine Learning," will be the topic presented by Smart from 9-10 a.m. in the SIUE Morris University Center Maple-Dogwood room on the second floor. The obstacles preventing the use of computational techniques to answer interesting anthropological questions and possible solutions will be the focus on the discussion.
For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Linda Skelton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Cox did more than lay a solid foundation for his career by graduating from the SIUE School of Engineering construction management program in 2009; he also built a legacy. Cox is the first graduate of the Construction Careers Center (CCC) to earn a degree from a four year institution and was honored for this achievement at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the CCC held at the Millennium Hotel on Feb. 10.
The Construction Careers Center is a charter high school in St. Louis sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis. The CCC specializes in educating skilled graduates in the construction industry. Cox's preparation from high school and college allowed him to intern at ABNA Engineering, S.M. Wilson, Cissell Mueller and MODOT while attending SIUE.
Chris Gordon, assistant professor of construction management and chair of that department, said: "Brian is positive proof that the Construction Careers Center is preparing students well for a range of rewarding careers in the construction industry. Both Brian and the CCC have bright futures ahead."
Andrew Theising, director of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Institute for Urban Research, will host bus tours of East St. Louis:
• 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 23;
• 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30.
Attendees will tour the city and learn about its history and culture. Busses will meet in and depart from the SIUE Hairpin in front of the flagpoles. For more
information or to make reservations, contact the IUR at (618) 650-5262. Seating is limited.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Professor of Historical Studies Anthony Cheeseboro will discuss "African American Oriented Entertainment in the Metro East" from noon-1 p.m. tomorrow in Rendleman Hall, room 2214.
Cheeseboro's presentation is the latest offering in the Brown Bag Lunch series available through the SIUE Institute for Urban Research.
A specialist in Northeastern African history with a special emphasis on economic development in the Sudan, Cheeseboro has conducted research into Middle Eastern, European and African American history. He has published works in the Journal of Northeast African Studies, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations and the Mississippi Quarterly.
Cheeseboro earned a doctorate at Michigan State University and teaches World, Modern European and African history. He also works closely with Student Services and the Johnetta Hailey Scholarship committee.
The event is free and open to the public.
Paul W. Ferguson, who has been Provost of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville since July 2006, has been named the University of Maine's 19th president. His appointment was ratified earlier today by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. He will succeed Maine's Robert A. Kennedy, who is stepping down at the end of June.
In a campus wide message, SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said Ferguson has brought a wealth of experience to the provost position, "significantly enhancing both the responsibilities and accomplishments of the office during his tenure," adding "among his many achievements, Provost Ferguson has advanced academic quality, assessment, and efforts aimed at improving student success and retention."
Ferguson earned a bachelor's in Biology at Whittier College in California and received a doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of California, Davis. He also has held the professional certification of Diplomat, American Board of Toxicology (DABT) since 1985.
Ferguson began his academic career as an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana, Monroe (ULM). Following five years as senior toxicologist for Unocal Corp. in Los Angeles, Ferguson returned to ULM where he served as professor and head of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology. In 1993, he was appointed dean of Graduate Studies and Research and served as Vice Provost from 1995-1999.
Appointed dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Toxicology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1999, Ferguson went on to become senior vice provost in 2001 and vice president for Research and Graduate Studies from 2003-2006.
Congratulations: Rosie Gogue, office support specialist in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, is the March recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Gogue (center) is flanked by Mike Crider (at left), professor of pharmaceutical sciences and chair of that department, who nominated Gogue as her supervisor, and Interim Pharmacy Dean Gireesh Gupchup, who supported the nomination. At far left is SIUE Human Resources Director Sherrie Senkfor and at far right is Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher. In addition to the plaque she received, Gogue was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services location, and parking close to her office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)
Each year, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) awards numerous scholarships to engineering students throughout the state. ACEC-IL recently released the names of the 2011-2012 recipients, and SIUE students comprised almost half of the total number of awardees.
Out of 25 applicants from universities throughout Illinois, including Northwestern and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the ACEC-IL awarded scholarships to 11 worthy applicants for the 2011-2012 academic year. Out of 11 recipients, five SIUE engineering students won prestigious scholarships sponsored by various engineering companies and representatives that participate in the ACEC-IL.
The SIUE engineering student winners are: Paul Cayo (industrial and manufacturing engineering), Damien Di Vittorio (civil engineering), Kim Luebcke (mechanical engineering), Erica Miller (industrial engineering) and Melissa Strzelczyk (civil engineering).
The SIUE School of Engineering extended its international reach when it partnered with Istanbul Technical University to implement the Dual Diploma program, and the School has not stopped there in making international connections as seen by a recent visit from Henan University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Luoyang, China.
Engineering representatives from HUST paid the School of Engineering a special visit from March 3-7. The HUST delegates, led by Jishun Li, endowed professor of mechanical engineering, are working to gain firsthand knowledge of the cutting-edge research and activities in engineering in the United States. SIUE mechanical engineering faculty and doctoral students helped the visitors in their pursuit by delivering 10 research presentations.
Along with gaining engineering insight, HUST delegates and SIUE engineering faculty also discussed their new partnership, which will permit graduate students the opportunity to study one year at HUST and one year in the SIUE School of Engineering to receive a master of science in Mechanical Engineering. Once officially approved, this graduate-level partnership will be the first of its kind at SIUE.
Keqin Gu of SIUE, professor of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering and chair of that department, said, "A range of other possible cooperative activities with Henan University of Science and Technology have been discussed."
In 2008, Gu took several students to HUST for a study-abroad program. HUST is situated in the ancient capital of the nine dynasties of Chinese history. The university is known for strong engineering programs that have close connections to the significant industrial base in that region.
A heartwarming version of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale Wind in the Willows-adapted for the stage by Edwardsville author John Harvey-will be the final show of the 2010-11 A Season for the Child, produced by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD), at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the theater at SIUE's Dunham Hall. Proceeds benefit FOTAD's scholarship program.
Curtains Up Theater Company (CUTC), a community theater organization based in Edwardsville and Collinsville, will stage the adaptation. This will be the first time CUTC has been part of the FOTAD series. "We usually use professional St. Louis-based theater groups for A Season for the Child," said FOTAD President Greg Conroy. "However, CUTC has proven itself over the years as a solid theater organization with attention to great production values.
"We had a chance to use a show that was written and produced in Edwardsville and we're proud to promote the local arts. We think our audiences will enjoy this particular production," Conroy said. "It's charming, witty and has an appeal-as the story always has had since it was written in 1908-for children and adults alike."
The stage adaptation features the familiar characters of Mr. Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole "simply messing about in boats" as the camaraderie of the original story shines through. Walt Disney studios adapted the story as an animated feature in 1949, and subsequently and frequently aired it on Disney's long-running television program, bringing it to a wider audience. Conroy was quick to point out that Harvey's stage version is not a clone of the Disney feature. "This adaptation brings home the story through the use of live theater, which I believe gives a much deeper presentation of the story, making it much more charming and heartwarming for the audience," he said.
A Season for the Child is sponsored by FOTAD with support from TheBANK of Edwardsville, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation and Ameren Utilities. All tickets for A Season for the Child are $5 per person and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
Like a sick, twisted board game in which everyone seems to be playing roulette with passion, Wendy MacLeod's House of Yes! hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville James F. Metcalf Theater.
Presented by SIUE's Student Experimental Theater Organization (SETO), the play chronicles an evening with the Pascal family while a dirty little secret is revealed. A dark comedy, steeped in taboos that take a closer look at society's obsession with celebrities and each other, the play continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 24-26.
According to director Steve Castelli, the Pascals are playing for high stakes with their sanity, morality and freedom as they engage in a game of status and control. "The Pascals are seasoned veterans in the game" Castelli explained. "However, with the appearance of Lesley, they have a new target.
"There is a hurricane brewing on this stormy night when Marty, a brave well-to-do man, who is trying to find his way in the real world, returns home for Thanksgiving to introduce his recently betrothed Lesley-a ditzy, naïve, painfully ordinary blonde-to his family. Marty's choices will make the Pascals feel the effects of a storm that is brewing, but not the hurricane outside," Castelli explained.
Tickets are $6; with a canned good item, $5. Any canned goods collected will be donated to the American Red Cross. The play is recommended for mature audiences. More information is available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
SETO is an SIUE student organization with members who perform, work backstage and generally enjoy theater, producing two shows annually as well as a One-Act Festival. Although the organization is primarily composed of theater and dance majors, SETO welcomes all students. The group meets every other Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Metcalf Theater.
A $190,555 award to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help recruitment, retention and promotion initiatives for women faculty in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
"The persistent under-representation of women faculty in universities' in those disciplines is well-documented by the NSF and the National Academies," said Associate Professor Denise Cobb from the SIUE Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies and principal investigator. "Although there have been increases in the number of women receiving doctorates in STEM disciplines, women remain under-represented in many of these disciplines, particularly at the more senior ranks."
As the recipient of a 2010 National Science Foundation ADVANCE IT-Catalyst award, SIUE is formalizing a two-year planning grant project titled "Laying the Groundwork: Status of Women Faculty at an Institution in Transition." The award will help the team collect data and begin projects that can facilitate long-term institutional change efforts.
Institutions of higher education receive NSF ADVANCE IT-Catalyst awards to strengthen their commitments to gender equity and diversity in STEM disciplines by providing a foundation for improving the recruitment, representation, and advancement of women, including under-represented minority women.
"The team is excited to have the opportunity to build on the momentum already established by the University and looks forward to working with the campus community-including faculty members, department chairs and administrators-to achieve these important goals," Cobb said.
SIUE's ADVANCE team, led by Cobb, takes an analytical approach to examining the challenges women faculty face, including an under-representation of minority women, within STEM. Cobb is joined by co-investigators Lynn Maurer, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of SIUE's Graduate School; Leah O'Brien, Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry; Sue Wiediger, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Danice Brown, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Christa Johnson, Associate Dean for Research at SIUE's Graduate School.
The team's long-term goals include:
• Increasing the percentage of women faculty members at each rank within STEM disciplines and the social and behavioral sciences;
• Creating institutionalized networking opportunities for women faculty to facilitate their success;
• Developing a central resource center for chairs and program directors;
• Contributing to an improved overall climate.
More information about SIUE's ADVANCE IT-Catalyst initiatives is at siue.edu/advance.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association has created a blog to reach alumni and students in a new way. The blog was launched with its first post on Friday, Feb. 25, and consists of posts written by one of the Alumni Association's student interns. Visit the blog: www.siuealumniintern.wordpress.com
"The blog is being written currently by one of our interns who is about to graduate and become an alumnus of the university," said Katie Bennett, assistant director of Alumni Affairs. "Each semester it will be written by a new intern to give it a different perspective." The first intern to write for the blog is senior speech communication major, Lindy Noel of Taylorville.
"Each post will vary depending on what I'm doing at that particular time and what is happening on campus," Noel said. Noel worked with Bennett to create and design the blog. It includes links to their social media sites, as well as many SIUE links. "We included links that are most used by our alumni, such as Facebook, the SIUE website, and SIUE Athletics," Bennett said.
The blog posts' subjects will vary with each post. Some stories will be about what is happening on campus, alumni events, behind-the scenes as an intern and STAT, the Alumni Association's student organization.