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May 2007

·SIUE School of Nursing Alumni Friends Raise $14K At Annual Gala
·Engineering Professors Receive $150K NSF Grant For Robotics
·Changes; retirements
·SIUE East St. Louis Center Receives Grant For Upward Bound Programs
·SIUE Enters 'Blogosphere' For Sharing In Cyberspace
·Cougar Softball captures first Division II crown in its history
·SIUE Wins 2006-07 All-Sports Trophy, Commissioner's Cup
·Meridian Society Awards Nearly $17K To Community Groups
·SIUE School of Pharmacy Hosts Awards For Leaders, Students
·SIUE Construction Professor Wins FIATECH Award
SIUE Associate Professor Takes Green Roof Project To 'Extreme'
·High School Seniors Chosen As Chancellor, President Scholars
·Federal Reserve, SIUE, UMSL Collaborate To Offer Course
·SIBA Supports Contractors For SIUE Construction Institute
·SIUE Graduate From Wayne City Wins WSJ Award
·Two SIUE Students From Belleville Win Graduate Competitions
·SIUE Construction Management Students Win National Competition
·Engineering Student Team In Top Five At Regional Competition
·Housing Staff, Students Recognized Throughout Spring Semester
·May Employee Of The Month
·Four Companies Awarded $728,115 For Chemistry Lab Construction
·Engineering Faculty, Students Honored At Awards Banquet
·Local, Regional Teachers Recognized By School Of Education
· 2006-07 Undergraduate Research Academy Scholars Present Projects
Two Nationally Successful SIUE Alumni To Be Honored May 5
·SIUE Releases Greater St. Louis Regional Botball Results


SIUE School of Nursing Alumni & Friends Raise $14K At Annual Gala

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The third year for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing Excellence Gala raised more than $14,000 for student scholarships.

The money was raised at the SIUE School of Nursing Excellence Gala and Awards ceremony through a silent and a live auction. Nearly 250 University employees, students, alumni, administrators and health-care professionals turned out to bid on items such as distinctive artwork, sports tickets, fun getaway packages, private meals prepared by professional chefs and School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer's homemade Christmas cookies.

Four awards were presented at the event, including:
• Outstanding Hospital or Health Care Agency: Alton Memorial Hospital;
• Outstanding Friend to Nursing: Sam and Geri Winston;
• Outstanding SIUE School of Nursing Alumnus: Jim Cato
• Outstanding New SIUE School of Nursing Alumna: Gretchen Henderson.

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Engineering Professors Receive $150K NSF Grant For Robotics

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jerry Weinberg and William Yu, associate professors of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in partnership with Kim Wheeler and Robin Knight of Road-Narrows LLC, have received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a "Brain Pack" for walking robots.

Since 1999, Weinberg, chair of the Department of Computer Science in the SIUE School of Engineering, and Yu have been instrumental in bringing middle school, high school and college students together from throughout the region to study robotics and participate in robotics competitions.

The NSF grant, "General Robot Controller for Legged Mobile Robots with Integrated Open Source Software," will help develop a computer backpack or "Brain Pack" for two-, four-, and six-legged robots for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses. "The Brain Pack will provide an easy to program computer controller that connects sensors, such as foot touch sensors, to give a robot the 'sense' of walking and a color camera to give the robot 'eyesight,'" Weinberg said.

"It will be a general controller that can be used on any legged robot, providing it with sensors and computing power that walking robots on the market currently do not have."

Hands-on robotics projects have become useful educational tools across a variety of subjects, Weinberg pointed out. "Robots are integrated systems comprised of interdependent electrical, mechanical, and computational components. Because of their multidisciplinary nature, the study of robotics in the classroom has become a valuable tool for the practical, hands-on application of concepts in various STEM topics at the K-12 and undergraduate educational levels.

"While there are wheeled robots that are easy to use for K-12 and undergraduate educators, there are no legged robot platforms with easy to use hardware and software," Weinberg said.

"The Brain Pack will have 'plug-and-play' sensors with straightforward software modules developed specifically for use in the classroom."

Weinberg recently organized the Greater St. Louis Botball Tournament conducted on the SIUE campus, where some 150 students, along with their teachers and parents from 11 schools in Missouri and Illinois, participated in the event. "This was a regional robotics competition for a national tournament conducted by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics," Weinberg said.

"The event started with a student/teacher workshop on building and programming robots and ended in an exciting head-to-head tournament seven weeks later," Weinberg explained. This was the first regional robotics tournament held at SIUE and Weinberg plans to make it an annual event.

Kim Wheeler-Smith and Robin Knight are the co-founders of Road-Narrows LCC in Loveland, Colo. They earned engineering and mathematics degrees focused on robotics and computational intelligence, which led them to create a company to provide mobile robots to educators and researchers.

"The primary mission of Road-Narrows is to participate in the robotics revolution by developing, manufacturing, and offering hardware and software platforms for purchase to further technical education and to enable related research and development," Weinberg said.

"The partnership between SIUE and Road-Narrows is key to the successful development of the Brain Pack innovation. The educators at SIUE have considerable experience in developing curricula and software for using robots in the classroom, and RoadNarrows has similarly considerable experience in engineering and marketing robot hardware for educators.

For more information, contact Professor Weinberg, (618) 650-2368.

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  • Catherine Banks, senior library specialist for Library and Information Services at Lovejoy Library, effective April 1, after more than 31 years.
  • Linda Durrell, account tech in Finanical Affairs/Administrative Accounting, effective May 1, after more than five years.
  • Diane Giger, secretary in the Office of the Chancellor, effective May 1, after 10 years.
  • Rudolph Wilson, assistant provost for Cultural and Social Diversity, effective April 1, after nearly 38 years.
  • Dennis Tate, lead plant operating engineer in Facilities Management, effective May 1, after nearly 29 years.

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SIUE East St. Louis Center Receives Grant For Upward Bound Programs

The U.S. Department of Education has granted more than $870,000 to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Upward Bound programs, part of the federally funded TRIO programs offered at the SIUE East St. Louis Center.

The Upward Bound (EC) program received $565,548 to serve 150 students, while the Upward Bound (BEMV) program received $305,552 to serve 65 students, all throughout the 2007-08 academic year. Upward Bound is a college preparatory program serving low-income or potential first-generation college students who are currently in high school-EC serves students at East St. Louis Senior High School and at Cahokia High School, while BEMV serves students at Brooklyn High School, SIUE East St. Louis Charter School, Madison High School and Venice -Lincoln Technical Center.

Center Director Patricia Harrison said the Upward Bound program is a valuable resource in the community. "We are very excited about this news. Harrison said the Education grants for TRIO programs at the SIUE East St. Louis Center have been invaluable in providing more opportunities for students to graduate high school and enroll in higher education. "Some 80 percent of our students have entered post-secondary education," Harrison said.

Upward Bound participants receive free tutorial services in their college prep courses and are eligible to receive waivers for the SAT and ACT. Students in the program receive assistance in applying to college, and may receive six hours of college credit after successfully completing the programs. Afternoon sessions in mathematics, science, foreign language, computer study, and English are conducted at the East St. Louis Center. Students are assigned courses based on their high school class schedules.

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SIUE Enters 'Blogosphere' For Sharing In Cyberspace

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has entered into the emerging social network of blogs (Web Logs) by allowing individuals to discuss their personal experiences and memories of SIUE on its Web site.

It's all part of the University's 50th Anniversary celebration, which begins officially with a "Founder's Day" celebration on Sept. 24. "We thought this would be a good opportunity to experiment with an emerging communication technology," said Barbara O'Malley, SIUE's executive director of marketing and communications and co-chair of the 50th anniversary planning committee.

"A blog is a tool for people to discuss what's important to them. It's a way for people to interact with each other-the University simply creates the communication vehicle to make it possible."

So far, people are blogging. Because bloggers can post confidential comments, it's not clear who they are. "We expect they are alumni, current students, faculty, and staff," O'Malley said. "However, the blog is open to everyone who might have a memory of SIUE. There are certainly many people who remember great times at the MRF (Mississippi River Festival), and that's what this blog site is for-it's for anyone to reminisce about their experiences with SIUE."

Dixie Engelman, chair of the 50th anniversary planning committee, said SIUE is a university that celebrates new ideas, experimentation, and continual learning and growth. "The 50th anniversary is an opportunity to examine exactly what that means," Engelman said. "We are planning many events in celebration of SIUE's great history.

"Because we are a relatively young University, we will honor the past and celebrate the present and the future."

She invited everyone to visit the University's Web site: "Discover some of the exciting 50th anniversary events being planned."

SIUE celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2007-08. The University has grown from 1,776 students in 1957 to more than 13,500 students today. SIUE has been and continues to be a catalyst for the cultural and intellectual vitality and social, health, and economic development of Southwestern Illinois and the greater St. Louis region. SIUE is proud to celebrate its first half century of excellence.

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Cougar Softball captures first Division II crown in its history; first athletics championship overall for SIUE since 1989

(AKRON, OHIO) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville captured its first NCAA Division II softball crown Monday with a 3-2 victory over Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 12 innings. It was the longest national championship game in history.

The SIUE Cougars won the 12-inning, three-hour, 15-minute marathon championship game at Firestone Stadium. The Cougars dethroned the defending national champion Lock Haven Lady Eagles with some strong pitching and timely hitting. "I'm extremely proud of my team. I said this the other day, and I'll say it again," said SIUE Coach Sandy Montgomery. "This team amazed me again today. They did not let down at any moment."

The national championship is the 17th in the history of SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics. SIUE has won two in men's soccer (1972, 1979), seven in men's tennis (1978 through 1984), three in wrestling (1984-85-86) and four in women's tennis (1986-87-88-89). The 1979 men's soccer team won the championship as a Division I program.

The Softball Cougars complete the season 49-8, winning its last 16 games. SIUE won the Great Lakes Valley Conference title, the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional championship, and now have a gold trophy for the national championship. "We peaked at the end of the season and played our best today," Montgomery said.

SIUE All-American pitcher Kaitlin Colosimo, 29-3, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after going nine innings in scoreless relief of starter Sabra McCune. Colosimo won three games in the national tournament, including a no-hitter Saturday over Lock Haven in a winner's bracket game. She also recorded a save against Cal State-Stanislaus.

Lock Haven, ranked No. 2 in the NFCA National Coaches Poll, traded runs early in the game with the Cougars, ranked fifth in the final regular season national poll. Lock Haven scored in the third and fourth innings. SIUE tallied runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

It was an Ashley Price RBI single in the top of the 12th inning, scoring Jodie Ohlau, that made the difference. SIUE rapped 13 hits off first team All-American Kristin Erb, who lost for the second time this season to SIUE in three days. Her record fell to 39-4 for the season.

The Cougars finished with four players on the All-Tournament team. Colosimo and Ohlau were joined by catcher Libby Lenart and shortstop Kaeleigh Rousey on the team.

The longest previous national title game was in 1991 when Augustana defeated Bloomsburg in 10 innings.

Photos 1 Cougar sports fans are at Kriegers Home Town Sports Grill in Edwardsville to watch the big game. (Photo by Bill Brinson)

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SIUE Wins 2006-07 All-Sports Trophy, Commissioner's Cup

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Intercollegiate Athletics has won both the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) All-Sports Trophy and the Commissioner's Cup for the 2006-07 season, both prestigious awards.

In announcing the awards today, GLVC officials said the Cougars won the All-Sports Trophy with 141.5 points, the highest total points recorded in a single season since the award was conceived more than 25 years ago. SIUE took the trophy from two-time defending All-Sports winner Northern Kentucky.

The GLVC annually awards the All-Sports Trophy to the member institution with the best all-around performance in the league's 17 sponsored sports.

The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the program that produces the overall best finish in the league's seven "core" sports. SIUE posted top five finishes in six of the seven sports that count in the Commissioner's Cup standings, including conference titles in men's soccer and softball. Also considered are volleyball, men's and women's basketball and baseball.

The Cougars garnered 78.5 points, outdistancing second-place finisher Northern Kentucky University by nine points.

SIUE was given approval earlier this year to apply for reclassification to NCAA Division I for all sports in the SIUE program. The University is currently transitioning to NCAA Division I status. "SIUE student-athletes are at the pinnacle of athletics success at the Division II level," said Brad Hewitt, director of Cougar Athletics.

"Winning both the GLVC All-Sports Trophy and the Commissioner's Cup is an amazing accomplishment and testament to the University's decision to enter the Division I arena," Hewitt said. "We are positioned to compete at the highest level, and I commend our incredible coaching staff and dedicated student-athletes on this achievement."

SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics claimed six Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships during the year, twice as many as Drury, its next closest competitor. The Cougars won titles in men's soccer, softball, men's indoor track and field, women's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field.

SIUE also posted strong finishes in baseball, men's golf, women's golf, men's tennis and volleyball.

The Cougars won the All-Sports Trophy once previously in the 1997-98 season, having first joined the GLVC in 1994. SIUE has been among the top four in the All-Sports Trophy scoring since joining the league. This is the first time the Cougars have won the coveted Commissioner's Cup.

The Cougars finished fourth overall nationally during the 2005-06 season among the NCAA Division II institutions in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup. During the 2006-07 season SIUE is currently among the top 16 nationally heading into the spring sports national championships.

SIUE has won 16 national championships in its history, including two in men's soccer (1972, 1979), seven in men's tennis (1978 through 1984), three in wrestling (1984-85-86) and four in women's tennis (1986-87-88-89). The 1979 men's soccer team won the championship as a Division I program.

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Meridian Society Awards Nearly $17K To Community Groups

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A women's philanthropic group that contributes donations annually to support worthwhile ventures awarded $16,800 to area children's groups with compelling outreach initiatives.

In its fourth year, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation's Meridian Society chose four causes to support. Awards were announced at a celebration, Salut! IV, held early this month at B. Barnard Birger Hall on the SIUE campus.

Projects that will benefit from this year's award designations include:

  • The Clarion, the East St. Louis Charter High School's student newspaper, which received $4,500 for the continuation of a collaboration between SIUE faculty, Belleville News-Democrat staff and charter school students. According to the award application, the newspaper was established in 2006 to "foster students' active engagement with reading and writing; to provide students with opportunities to analyze and critique political and social systems, and to encourage students to present their work in public venues."
  • A training program for teachers in Edwardsville School District No. 7 titled Fostering Understanding of the Arab World, which according to the award application is in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and "…an effort to balance negative images and impressions bombarding our students each day…"
  • A partnership between the Madison County Juvenile Detention Home and the SIU School of Dental Medicine, which allows dental students to interact with young people in need of care, but who do not have the means to pay for it. According to the award application, the Comprehensive Dentistry for the Youth of the Madison County Juvenile Detention Home program "…is an opportunity to provide a service that will have a lasting effect on the lives of these children."
  • Sisters Obtaining Sisterhood through the SIUE East St. Louis Center, established through the center's arm of the federal TRIO program, aims to attract more minority women to SIUE and other postsecondary institutions. The award application states "We feel the Sisters Obtaining Sisterhood project will provide female guidance and input necessary for the target group to change their predisposition to avoid postsecondary education." TRIO programs are outreach initiatives that benefit low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.

Taking this year's donations into account, the society has provided community groups $72,826 in donations during the last four years. "This year appears to be the year for lasting impressions," said Executive Director of University Development Harold Melser, who added that all applicants submitted requests for funding to support "quality programs dedicated to community service and outreach."

The Meridian Society is guided by its mission: Engaging the Metropolitan St. Louis area and enhancing the University's national reputation for quality. Recipients are chosen each year from a pool of applicants.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Hosts Awards For Leaders, Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two business leaders and a dozen students were honored recently at an awards ceremony hosted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy.

John Caldieraro of Staunton, a pharmacist for Sullivan Drug, received the 2007 Community Pharmacy Above and Beyond Preceptor of the Year Award, while John Chaney of Herrin, director of pharmacy for Herrin Hospital, garnered the 2007 Health System Pharmacy Above and Beyond Preceptor of the Year Award.

"We are fortunate to have the support of individuals, corporations and organizations that provide annual or endowed scholarships," said SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon.

A total of $16,000 was awarded to pharmacy students. Students and the awards they received included, second-year pharmacy students:

  • Minh Tran of Aurora, the Shop 'n Save Scholarship and the Walgreens Student of the Year award;
  • Brandon Hardiman of Robinson, the 2007 Shop 'N Save Scholarship;
  • Matt Layman of Silvis, Paul "Ben" Erwin of Flora, Deonna Madison-Wooten of Madison, and Mary Janet Stunson of Elizabethtown, the 2007 CVS/pharmacy Scholarship;
  • Diana Jason of Buffalo Grove, a 2007 CVS/pharmacy Scholarship and the Charles Dragovich Scholarship;
  • Jessica Taylor of St. Louis and Maggie Rodeffer of La Harpe, the 2007 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Scholarship;
  • Jeremy Hanon of Highland, the 2007 Metro East Pharmacy Association Scholarship;
  • Kunjal Bhakta of Springfield, the 2007 Association of Indian Pharmacists of America Scholarship.

First-year pharmacy student Jessica Graham of Washington, Mo., took the 2007 Wal-Mart Scholarship and the Southern Illinois Scholarship.

"The Scholarship Awards program is a way to recognize outstanding students, to thank scholarship sponsors for their generosity, and to introduce them to the student receiving their scholarship," said Terri Andrews, the School of Pharmacy's director of development. "These awards provide deserving SIUE students the opportunity to receive an outstanding pharmacy education."

The only pharmacy program in southern Illinois, SIUE's School of Pharmacy provides a professional program leading to the doctor of pharmacy degree. Faculty, students and staff are committed to collaborating with rural and urban health care institutions to meet the health care needs of the region.

Current knowledge and technology guide the direction of the school's innovative curriculum.

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SIUE Construction Professor Wins FIATECH Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Christopher B. Gordon, assistant professor of Construction in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering, recently was awarded the Celebration of Engineering and Technology Innovation (CETI) Outstanding Mind Award from Fully Integrated and Automated TECHnology (FIATECH).

Gordon was recognized at the CETI Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., last month. FIATECH is a non-profit consortium that sponsors and conducts research development and demonstration of fully integrated and automated project processes to improve the effectiveness of capital facilities construction.

The Outstanding Mind category recognizes the contributions of graduate students in their research. Gordon was nominated for his doctoral work in developing computational approaches to support decisions about a full range of inspection approaches that may be implemented on construction sites. Gordon's entry was titled, "Computational approach to support decisions about the full range of possible inspection approaches." Gordon earned a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and joined the faculty of SIUE in January of this year.

At SIUE, Gordon teaches courses in computer applications in construction, construction management, and constructions methods and materials. "The construction industry is beginning to benefit from an influx of emerging sensor technologies on construction sites, particularly for construction inspection" Gordon explained.

"At the same time, we increasingly face the challenge of choice, as we struggle with decisions about which sensors to select, and how to best use them. All the different options of what, when, where, and how to deploy sensors on construction sites, be they laser scanners or embedded temperature sensors, form a rich and vast search space," he said.

"We need to employ search methods, such as the ones I employed in my Ph.D. research, to rapidly explore the full range of inspection options and support our decisions about construction inspection."

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SIUE Associate Professor Takes Green Roof Project To 'Extreme'

(PINON, Ariz.) In a small community, about 150 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Ariz., in the desert sun, sat an old single-wide trailer home with no amenities-no running water, no insulation, no working bathroom facilities, no water heater, and holes in the ceiling and floors.

It was at this house that an idea was born: An extreme idea. A Navajo Nation youth, inspired by the principles of his traditions-living on what the land provides and not wasting material resources-developed a solar heater to provide necessary amenities for his family.

The folks at the ABC-TV network show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wanted to take these teachings a step further, and take a greater role in making an impact on the family. Enlisting the help of a building contracting team and about 800 volunteers, the Extreme Makeover crew constructed a "green" home for the family.

The home is powered by sun and wind and as part of the "green" features, a St. Louis company, Green Roof Blocks, was asked to provide a green roof for three portions of the home's roof-about 35 percent of the roof's expanse.

And, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville biology professor assisted in the project. "My research collaborators, Green Roof Blocks, were asked by ABC to put a green roof on this home that they were trying to turn into a "green" home, or, an environmentally friendly home," said Associate Professor Bill Retzlaff, a member of the SIUE Biological Sciences faculty and chair of that department.

Retzlaff also is coordinator of SIUE's Green Roof Environmental Evaluation

Network (G.R.E.E.N.) and part of its research team. "I joined our installation team from St. Louis in Arizona to place a modular green roof system on the project home in a seven-hour period on a recent Sunday afternoon," he said.

Retzlaff was joined on the project by green roof consultants and research colleagues Kelly Luckett, president of Green Roof Blocks, a division of St. Louis Metalworks, Mike Crowell vice-president of St. Louis Metalworks, and Vic Jost of Jost Greenhouses, Des Peres, Mo.

"We also placed a green roof on a storage shed, which contains all the water tanks for the home's solar hot water heater."

Retzlaff continued: "Green roof installation involves arranging specially engineered roofing systems containing growing medium and plants as components to new or existing roofing projects. This allows building owners to realize the environmental benefits of using a green roof on the tops of buildings and homes.

"The use of a green roof in place of traditional roofing has the potential to cut electric costs, reduce storm water runoff, and promote a healthier environment."

The segment is scheduled to air on Sunday May 27 on ABC TV at 8pm/7pm central time.

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High School Seniors Chosen As Chancellor, Presidential Scholars

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Several high school seniors from around the state have accepted Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor's Scholarships and Presidential Scholarships to enter SIUE in fall. Each year, SIUE makes available 20 Chancellor Scholarships and 11 Presidential Scholarships, both of which cover tuition, fees, and room and board for four years.

The Chancellor's Scholars Program offers scholarships to students with strong academic ability and a record of personal achievement, leadership and service, while the Presidential Scholars recognizes entering freshmen interested in special academic opportunities as undergraduate students.

"We offer a wide range of scholarships and study opportunities for academically strong students," said Scott Belobrajdic, SIUE's assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management.

Belobrajdic said that once these high achievers enroll at SIUE, they will find academic programs that continually challenge their academic and intellectual abilities. "SIUE offers programs that will put these students in a position to take charge of their education, and create a curriculum that will prepare them to excel in the next phase of their lives."

SIUE offers a quality, affordable education with a broad choice of degrees and programs, ranging from career-oriented fields of study to the essential, more traditional, liberal arts. With a strong faculty, small class sizes, and an active campus life, SIUE attracts top academic students through its ability to provide a high-quality learning environment and scholarship opportunities.

Additional information about scholarship opportunities is available on-line:

Recipients are listed below with their high school in alphabetical order by hometown. Click on the name for a photo suitable for print.

Presidential Scholars


Chancellor's Scholars




Overland Park: Taylor Sibala, Blue Valley Northwest High School

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Federal Reserve, SIUE, UMSL Collaborate To Offer Course

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business, along with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the University of Missouri-St. Louis are collaborating to offer a course, "Making Sense of Money & Banking," for elementary and secondary educators.

SIUE's Mary Anne Pettit, Barbara Flowers of UM-St. Louis, and the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank staff will be teaching this seven-day course for educators interested in integrating money and banking into their coursework. Teachers attending the course will earn three graduate hours toward certificate renewal plans.

Pettit, associate director of Economic Education at SIUE, said, "All teachers attending will receive training and Virtual Economics-a CD collection of strategies and materials for all grade levels." Attendees not only receive the CD, they also receive lesson plans, videos and publications to assist them in their own classrooms.

The course will be offered June 18-22 and 26-27 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank building in downtown St. Louis. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided daily, compliments of the St. Louis Federal Reserve. For more information, contact Mary Anne Pettit in the Office of Economic Education and Business Research at SIUE, (618) 650-2583, or by e-mail:

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SIBA Supports Contractors For SIUE Construction Institute

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Tim Garvey, executive director of the Southern Illinois Building Association (SIBA), has announced the successful completion of two area contractors in the 2007 Construction Leadership Institute at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Sponsored by SIBA's Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program, the contractors are Yvonne M. Hollingsead, of HS Contractors Inc. in South Roxana, and Dan J. Suarez, of B. Garcia Trucking in Fairmont City. SIBA's support covered the cost of tuition for Hollingsead and Suarez's participation in the institute.

The SIUE Construction Leadership Institute is a unique collaborative program developed by a steering committee of area construction industry executives and the SIUE Schools of Business and Engineering. The program is designed to assist managers in the construction industry to develop and enhance their leadership skills, and to provide the knowledge, framework, and strategy individuals need to lead in today's challenging business environment in the construction industry.

The Institute's innovative curriculum features instruction by industry practitioners and experts, and university faculty who apply theory to practical problem-solving and decision-making skills. The program focuses on managing risk factors of construction projects in order to maximize profitability and minimize costs.

Participants learn key management strategies important to their futures as corporate leaders, including legal issues, human resource issues and financial issues; aligning the organization to identify new business opportunities; and anticipating and responding to future developments, including economic and workforce trends.

SIBA's support helps promote the growth of emerging contractors in the Metro East. For information about the program, call (618) 650-2668, or email:

Click here for photo of Yvonne Hollingsead and Dan Suarez.

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SIUE Graduate From Wayne City Wins WSJ Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jill M. Bernard, of Wayne City, a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been honored with the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. Bernard earned an MBA from the SIUE School of Business.

The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award is a collaborative effort between the Journal and participating institutions to honor exceptional students. Each participating college or university may nominate one student every year.

Interim SIUE Business School Dean Tim Schoenecker said, "The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award is recognized by our faculty and students as representing outstanding student accomplishments. Jill has been a dedicated student and graduate assistant during her time at SIUE, and she is very deserving of this recognition as an outstanding student."

Bernard earned a bachelor of science in business administration at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, with a concentration in marketing, in 2005. During her undergraduate career at Fontbonne, she received the Outstanding Business Administration Student and The Dunham Student Athlete awards. Bernard, who gave the student address at Fontbonne's commencement, also is a member of Delta Mu Delta, the national business honor society, and Kappa Gamma Pi, the national Catholic honor society.

"I feel so honored to have received such an amazing award," Bernard said. "My professors have offered a tremendous amount of encouragement and support, and I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to study and learn here at SIUE."

The Wall Street Journal presented Bernard with a complete student award package including a commemorative award medallion; a one-year subscription to the Wall Street Journal; a congratulatory letter; and a published listing of Bernard's name in a full-page announcement in the Journal.

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The SIUE School of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1975. This assures that students receive the highest quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the education process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

Click here for photo of SIUE Interim Business School Dean Tim Schoenecker presenting the award to Jill Bernard

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Two SIUE Students From Belleville Win Graduate Competitions

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students from Belleville, one a recent graduate and the other working toward a graduate degree, are winners in two academic competitions in the SIUE Graduate School.

William Rable is recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award, while Robert Ayllon received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Ayllon was nominated for his work in the Department of Music where he has duties in both the keyboard and vocal areas. He is working toward a master of music in collaborative piano. Ayllon has taught classes and assisted as pianist for the SIUE Opera Workshop, and in preparing student recitals and juries.

He was nominated by Linda Perry, Darryl Coan, and Prince Wells, all faculty members in the SIUE Department of Music, and by Kent Neely, dean of the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.

Last year, Rable received a master's in English and American Literature from the University. His thesis topic was "The Germanic Culture of War: Warrior Ethos, Nature, Eroticism, Women, and Religion in Beowulf, Parzival, and World War I-Era Poetry." In it, Rable considered whether Germanic attitudes toward the subjects mentioned in the thesis title, and expressed in the context of war, either changed or remained constant through the ages.

Allison Funk, John Pendergast, and Jeff Skoblow, all faculty members in the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, served on Rable's thesis committee.

As a result of the award, Rable's thesis also was submitted to the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master's Thesis Award Selection Committee.

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SIUE Construction Management Students Win National Competition

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two construction management students-through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering-received national honors during a recent competition in Atlanta.

Oliver Coulson, a senior from Troy, and Suzanne Shaffer, a junior from Ellis Grove, placed first in the Highest Ultimate Load-to-Weight Ratio category of the American Concrete Institute Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) competition. More than 20 teams participated from universities around the world.

Coulson and Shaffer constructed a "beam" using FRP rebar and lightweight concrete arranged in a truss, or support device, configuration. The rebar is a composite material made from glass fiber in a vinyl ester matrix.

A carbon fiber/epoxy composite grid also was used to reinforce the concrete. The team performed multiple design repetitions prior to the competition to increase the effectiveness of the structure.

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Engineering Student Team In Top Five At Regional Competition

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A team of students from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering recently took fifth place among 28 teams at the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 5 Robotics Competition in Fayetteville, Ark.

The team consisted of electrical and computer engineering students, Tim McCullough and Ben Spiller, and two computer science students, Philip Klinefelter and Britian Oates.

The competition involved designing, building and programming an autonomous robot representing a space ship to navigate a "solar system" arena. The robot was sent directions and commands as to where it was to go and what tasks it had to accomplish. Each entrant had three minutes in which to complete a turn.

The SIUE team's robot navigated an 8-foot-square arena, searching for cans of a specified color, then delivering the cans to specially marked regions of the same color.

SIUE has participated in this competition for more than 10 years. George Engel, professor in electrical and computer engineering, and Jerry Weinberg, associate professor of computer science and chair of that department, were faculty co-advisers.

Click here for a close-up of the SIUE team's robot

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Housing Staff, Students Recognized Throughout Spring Semester

(EDWARDSVILLE,Ill.) Several residential students and University Housing staffers have been recognized this past semester for excellence in service and programming.

Student leaders in the Residence Housing Association (RHA) were in the spotlight at the Great Lakes Association of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH) "no frills" conference/business meeting in Milwaukee, Wis., earlier this year. The SIUE association was selected as the region's "Building RHA of the Year". The award recognized the group for making significant steps in the development of their RHA from the previous year.

The GLACURH region includes colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada.

SIUE, along with seven other regional winners, will compete for a national award at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) conference next month in Oshkosh, Wis. The "Building RHA of the Year" award nomination was written by Megan Sage, the National Communications Coordinator for RHA.

The SIUE delegation played host to the Illinois Residence Hall Association (IRHA) conference on the SIUE campus earlier this year. In addition to planning and playing host for the entire event, 17 residents attended and took home the "Most Outstanding Roll Call" (a skit announcing the members of the delegation) and "Most Spirited Delegation" (earning points for participating in different contests) awards.

The delegation also was honored for presenting four program sessions, two of which received the "Top Ten Program" award, and raised $170 for the World Wildlife Foundation. The two "Top Ten Program" awards were earned by Alexis Laughhunn of Cougar Village. First-year student Emily Wilken of Bluff Hall was named the IHRA "Rookie of the Year" for outstanding involvement in the organization. As a result, she was nominated for the "First Year Experience" award at the upcoming NACURH conference.

Another GLACURH award was given to Kara Wright, chief clerk in the SIUE Central Housing Office. Nominated by Bluff Hall Director Matt Crouse, the "Spotlight of the Month" award for February recognizes the work of housing staff members who do not directly advise student organizations. "Her dedication to students, parents, and other staff members helps the behind-the-scenes operation run smoothly," Crouse said. As a result, Wright has been nominated at the national level and will be considered at the NACURH conference next month.

Locally, Kelly Bisso, a resident assistant (RA) in Prairie Hall, was chosen as "Student Employee of the Year" at SIUE. Bisso was nominated by Lisa Israel, assistant director for Residential Education, who said "Kelly has sincerely gone above and beyond with her responsibilities. Not only does she complete all of the requirements set forth by the RA position, she also takes the time to generously give back to the community." Bisso was recognized at a ceremony last month.

Two Housing staff members were honored at the recent joint meeting of College Student Educators International/American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators conducted earlier this year in Orlando, Fla.

Scott Gluntz, associate director of University Housing, was recognized as the "Outstanding Experienced Professional" by the ACPA's Commission for Housing and Residential Life. This award is given to an individual with 10 or more years of professional employment who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to her/his campus and/or the housing profession. Gluntz has been employed at SIUE since 1994.

Also recognized was Linda Ellis, secretary in Bluff Hall, with the "Excellence in Service" award presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to her/his campus and/or the housing profession. Ellis has been with SIUE since 2003.

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May Employee Of The Month

Gayla Bruning, assistant director of Foundation Giving and Research for University Relations, is recipient of the May Employee Recognition Award. Bruning (center) is shown here flanked by Theresa Mitchell, director of Prospect Research, and Karen Hertz, a specialist in University Advancement and Operations, both of whom nominated Bruning for the award. At far left is Gary Giamartino, interim vice chancellor for University Relations, and at far right is Kenn Neher, vice chancellor for Administration. In addition to the plaque she received, Bruning was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to her office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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Four Companies Awarded $728,115 For Chemistry Lab Construction

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has awarded $728,115 in contracts to four Southwestern Illinois companies for construction of two instructional chemistry laboratories in the existing Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator, located in SIU Edwardsville's University Park. The labs will be paid for through current University operating funds.

The contracts were awarded by the SIU Board of Trustees Executive Committee to keep the project moving forward. The full board gave the committee permission to award the bids to complete the project before the fall term begins.

Contracts went to G.L. Warren Construction, Edwardsville, $334,915, for general construction; Pyramid Electrical Contractors, Fairview Heights, $93,980, for electrical; France Mechanical Corp., Edwardsville, $99,750, for plumbing; and Hock Mechanical, Belleville, $199,470, for ventilation.

The new labs will help address the growing backlog of students who require chemistry lab time. Plans call for a total of 1,800 gross square feet of space in two teaching labs, restrooms, a support office, a student lounge and a lab prep room. Each of the labs will accommodate up to 20 students.

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Engineering Faculty, Students Honored At Awards Banquet

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Several faculty in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering were honored recently, along with junior and senior engineering students, at the SIUE School of Engineering Awards Banquet.

An audience of more than 260 gathered in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom as University and School administrators, faculty, staff, students and friends of the School of Engineering celebrated and honored outstanding teachers, and juniors and seniors by department.

Brad Noble, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recognized as the Outstanding Teacher of the School and also recognized for his winning of the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award for 2006-07.

Also recognized at the banquet were Brad Cross, professor of Civil Engineering, who had earlier this year received the prestigious 2006-07 SIU Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award, and Steve Klein, instructor in the Department of Computer Science, who received the 2006-07 SIUE Teaching Distinction Award.

Other faculty receiving School of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Awards included: Mark Rossow, professor of Civil Engineering and chair of that department; Xudong Yu, associate professor of Computer Science; Kerry Slattery, assistant professor of Construction; Luis Youn, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; H. Felix Lee, professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; and Majid Molki, professor of Mechanical Engineering.

School of Engineering alumna M. Kay Guse, who earned a bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering from SIUE in 1988 and a master of Engineering Management from Washington University in 1993, was the keynote speaker. Guse, who is engineering manager of the Analysis and Integration IPT for Global Strike Systems at The Boeing Company, shared her thoughts about "Engineering Responsibilities and Rewards" with the guests.

Attendees also saw 20 individuals participate in the engineers' Order of the Ring Induction Ceremony.

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Local, Regional Teachers Recognized By School Of Education

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Several teachers from throughout the region were recognized for education excellence by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education.

The dozen teachers-from elementary, middle and high schools-were given the awards at a ceremony conducted in the Hickory-Hackberry Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Each of the educators won a cash prize and were presented the awards by SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson and Education Interim Dean Bill Searcy.

The winners and their schools are listed below by category; click on each name for a photo:

Elementary Education (K-3)

Middle School/Junior High

Mathematics (9-12)

Special Education (K-12)

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2006-07 Undergraduate Research Academy Scholars Present Projects

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Some Southern Illinois University Edwardsville undergraduate students recently shared their findings from research projects that usually would be assigned to graduate students at the 2006-07 symposium of the SIUE Undergraduate Research Academy.

A total of 15 students were named Undergraduate Research Academy scholars. The upperclassmen-juniors and seniors-focused on dimensions relating to their major areas of study. URA students worked closely with faculty, and were assisted by academic departments and faculty mentors.

This year's presenting scholars, majors, topics and mentors were:


Bartelso: Jenna Toennies, Biological Sciences/Mechanical Engineering, Comparison of Feeding and Jumping in the Northern Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens, with mentors Rick Essner, assistant professor of Biological Sciences and Majid Molki, professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering;

Benld: Brandy Olroyd, Special Education and Communication Disorders (Speech Language Pathology and Audiology), Recording and Analyzing the Speech of Persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis to Create Customized Speech Recognition Technology, with mentor Melanie Brimer, assistant professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders;

Caseyville: Brittany Marron, Civil Engineering, A Comparison of Sentencing in Vehicular Homicides Resulting from Impaired and Non-impaired Driving, with mentor Greg Luttrell, assistant professor of Civil Engineering;

East Alton: Jesse Gernigin, English Language and Literature, A Socioculture Categorization, Evaluation and Analysis of Changes in Application of Humor in Salman Rushdie's Novels, with mentor Jeffrey Skoblow, professor of English Language and Literature;

East St. Louis: Marquetta Brown, Psychology, Behavioral Consequences of Self-Oppression for African-Americans: Relationship among African Self-Consciousness, Self-Responsibility, and Life Satisfaction, with mentor Michael Dudley, assistant professor of Psychology;

Edwardsville: Erin Marks, Anthropology, Who Fed Cahokia?, with mentor Julie Holt, assistant professor of Anthropology; Ross Mead, Computer Science, Impromptu Teams of Heterogeneous Mobile Robots, with mentor Jerry Weinberg, associate professor and chair of Computer Science;

Godfrey: James Stice, Art and Design (Metal smithing), The Plasticity of Metal and Its Use in Creating Organic Form, with mentor Paulette Myers, professor of Art and Design;

Jacksonville: Natasha Coats, Theater and Dance, with an emphasis in Dance; Making a Ballet into a Contemporary Work, with mentor Mikey Thomas, instructor in Theater and Dance;

Mascoutah: Andrew "A.J." Givens, Political Science, The Impact of Failed States on Terrorism in the Middle East, with Denise DeGarmo, assistant professor of Political Science;

Rochelle: A. Brad Duthie, Biological Sciences, The Effects of Seed Dormancy and Mass on Germination and Viability in the Federally Threatened Floodplain Species, Boltania decurrens, with mentor Marian Smith, professor of Biological Sciences;

Springfield: Elise Berger, Biological Sciences, A Study of the Isonymy Structure of Historical Madison County, with mentor Luci Kohn, assistant professor of Biological Sciences; Kim Taylor, Speech Communication, Facebook: Applications for Faculty/Staff, with mentor Lesa Stern, associate professor of Speech Communication; and David Wiatrolik, Civil Engineering, Determining the Relationship Between Bicycle Tire Friction Factors and Surface Debris, with mentor Greg Luttrell, assistant professor of Civil Engineering;


Arnold: Leia Zumbro, Art and Design (Metal smithing), Exploring Iron as a Small Scale Jewelry Element, with mentor Paulette Myers, professor of Art and Design.

Each award recipient worked for two consecutive semesters on the project and received a budget of up to $800, plus a personal monetary award, tuition assistance and graduation with honors.

For more information on the programs through the Office of Undergraduate Assessment and Program Review, call (618) 650-2640.

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Two Nationally Successful SIUE Alumni To Be Honored May 5

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) During its May 5 commencement ceremonies, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor a long-time White House correspondent who was one of the first Mass Communications majors at SIUE, and the CEO of a national firm, who also is an SIUE alumnus.

The SIU Board of Trustees today approved the Distinguished Service Award for Robert McClellan, president and CEO of Hortica Inc. who holds a bachelor's in math and business as well as an MBA from SIUE, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for CBS Radio News White House correspondent Peter Maer, a member of the 1970 SIUE graduation class which included the first graduates of the University's Mass Communications program.

Maer has covered the White House for more than 20 years-first for the NBC/Mutual Radio network and since 1998 for CBS Radio News. He has reported on every political convention, campaign and election since 1980, encompassing five presidents.

His assignments have taken him throughout the country and to nearly 40 countries, covering several disasters during his tenure, including Three Mile Island and the Mexico City earthquake of 1985. Maer was at the White House when the terrorist attacks occurred Sept. 11, 2001. He also was part of a team for CBS Radio News that won the Edward R. Murrow Award for its reporting on the first anniversary of the attacks.

Still at the White House, Maer now specializes in reporting on matters of Homeland Security, During his storied career, Maer also has provided coverage of President Clinton's impeachment proceedings, for which he also won a Murrow, honored four times with the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for "Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure" and has received a first place Overseas Press Club Award for his 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit reporting.

Maer also won the Scripps-Howard Award and the National Radio Festival Award for documentaries on President Clinton's race initiative.

McClellan was an adjunct faculty member at SIUE from 1978-1985 in the SIUE School of Business and also held the Management Information Services director position at SIUE until 1987. He joined Hortica, Inc., (then Florists' Mutual Insurance) in 1987 as a vice president of Management Information Systems. He was later promoted to Senior Vice President. Before he was named company president and CEO in 1994, he was executive vice president and CEO.

When Edwardsville High School required assistance with its new technology plan during the 1996 school year, McClellan worked with district administrators on the plan, providing consultation and financial resources in the purchase of new computers for the school's computer lab.

He received the 1997 Albert Cassens Community Service Award from the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, which is given to an "active and upstanding citizen" within the community who gives freely of their time.

Throughout his career, McClellan has been an active member of numerous boards and community groups. He has served, or is currently serving, on The Alliance of Edwardsville & Glen Carbon board, the board of directors of Home Nursery Inc., the governing board of Economics America, the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, Trails West Council, the SIUE Foundation Board, the Lewis & Clark Community College Foundation Board, the SIUE School of Engineering IPAC Board, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Board, and the University Park Board.

In addition, he has been a member, or is currently a member, of the Missouri Botanical Garden-Gardens of SIUE Steering Committee, Shaw's Garden East, the Great Rivers Research Project Advisory Team, the I-55 Corridor Study Project Management Team, the Mid-America Airport Cargo Steering Committee, the American Tree Farmers Association and the American Association of Nurserymen, also serving as Chair of the American Association of Nurserymen's Automated Information Committee.

McClellan was instrumental in coordinating Hortica's most recent gift to The Gardens at SIUE. He literally "rolled up his sleeves" and carried the plantings and flowers donated by Hortica to the very successful Lincoln Academy Celebration on campus in 2005.

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SIUE Releases Greater St. Louis Regional Botball Results

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An Edwardsville Catholic grade school took first place overall in the recent 2007 Greater St. Louis Regional Botball Tournament conducted at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and sponsored by the SIUE School of Engineering.

In addition to the overall win among a total of 11 teams with more than 150 middle and high school students from Missouri and Illinois, the team from St. Mary's Catholic Grade School in Edwardsville took first place in the double elimination portion of the competition.

Meanwhile, the Edwardsville High School team came in third overall and the team from Liberty Middle School, also in Edwardsville, won third in the seeding round.

"This is the second year in a row that the St. Mary's team won their regional," said Jerry Weinberg, associate professor of computer science at SIUE and coordinator of the event. St. Mary's entry featured a two-robot combination. One robot successfully "saved" houses by collecting them and placing umbrella roofs on top. The second robot scooped up "lava" from the volcano and deposited it on their opponent's side.

During the competition, teams scrambled to prepare their "island" in the path of a nearby rumbling "volcano." Robots were programmed to harvest pineapples, compost leaves, place rooftops on houses, and clear away lava (game elements made of small pompons and PVC pipe).

"The final match between St. Mary's and Hazelwood (MO) West High School was close as both had similar strategies for saving houses," Weinberg pointed out. "In a bold move, Hazelwood added a second robot to block St. Mary's lava collecting robot. Unfortunately it took a bad turn and was unable to complete its goal." Autonomous robots designed and built by 11 teams from middle and high schools in Illinois and Missouri competed head-to-head in the tournament.

"In addition to designing and building robots, teams also had to document their design, strategy and progress, Weinberg said. "The documentation scores were added to the competition scores to determine the overall winner." The first place winner of the documentation award went to Columbia (IL) High School.

Final three places are shown below by category:

Overall Winners:

  • 1st place: St. Mary's Middle School, Edwardsville, IL
  • 2nd place: Hazelwood West High School, Hazelwood, MO
  • 3rd place: Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville, IL

Double Elimination Winners:

  • 1st place: St. Mary's Middle School, Edwardsville, IL
  • 2nd place: Hazelwood West High School, Hazelwood, MO
  • 3rd place: Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville, IL

Documentation Winners:

  • 1st place: Columbia High School, Columbia, IL
  • 2nd place: Parkway North High School, Creve Coeur, MO
  • 3rd place: Highland High School, Highland, IL

Seeding Rounds Winners:

  • 1st place: St. Mary's Middle School, Edwardsville, IL
  • 2nd place: Hazelwood West High School, Hazelwood, MO
  • 3rd place: Liberty Middle School, Edwardsville, IL

For more information contact Jerry Weinberg, (618) 650-2368.

Click here for photo of two members of St. Mary's winning team: Chris Haas and Ashlin Grover, both sixth graders. (Photo by SIUE Engineering professor Bernard Waxman)

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