·MRF Commemoration Picnic & Plaque Dedication Set For June
·$78.9 Million In Capital Funding Plan For SIUE Science Building Work
·South University Drive Closure: Drivers Choose Alternate Routes
·SIUE Mechanical Engineering Students Build ‘Green’ Motorcycle
·SIUE School Of Education Establishes Academy of Fellows
·SIUE Plays Host To Fourth Botball Tourney; St. Mary’s Wins Again
·Gu To Deliver Lecture At Global Conference In China
·SIUE's Summer ShowBiz Features Comedy, Great Music And Family Fun
·K. Patty-Graham Installed As NADE President
·Calling All Volunteers: Help SIUE's Alumni Association Clean Up MRF Site
·SIUE Nursing School Receives 10-Year Accreditation
·SIUE Business Students Honored For Their Accomplishments
·P. Donahue Named Employee Of The Month For May
·SIU Board Of Trustees Approves Change In Tuition For 09-10
·SIUE Fee, Rental Rate Changes Approved By SIU Board Of Trustees
·SIUE Nursing Program Fee, Athletics Fee Changes Approved By BOT
·SIU BOT Approves $1 Million Natural Gas Purchase, More For SIUE
·BOT Allows NCERC To Seek Estimates For Capital Improvements
·Area High School Students Honored In SIUE Writing Contest
·Inaugural Dinner-Auction Set For May 30; To Benefit SIUE Library
·Hooding Ceremony & Graduation: Milestones For SIUE School of Pharmacy
·Three Universities In The Region Join Efforts For Applied Research
·Exchange Teacher From France Revisits SIUE
·SIUE To Graduate More Than 1,800 During Spring Commencement
·IERC Receives $221K Grant To Study Illinois School Principals
·SIUE NRHH Inductees Honored Recently For Achievement
·SIUE Student From O’Fallon Among 60 To Win National Fellowship
·Excellent SIUE Students Recognized For Scholarship & Leadership
·Retired SIUE Dean's Book Published By PublishAmerica
·Nursing Professor Wins Annette And Henry Baich Award At SIUE
·Aldemaro Romero Named CAS Dean At SIUE; Begins July 1
·SIUE Art Therapy Association To Offer Art Exhibit Beginning May 8
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) As a tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the inaugural Mississippi River Festival season on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Alumni Association is hosting an MRF Commemoration Picnic and historic plaque dedication Saturday, June 13.
Registration will begin at 11 a.m., with the picnic taking place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The historical plaque unveiling and dedication will occur at 1 p.m. and walking tours of the MRF site from 1:15-2:30 p.m.
"This is a great opportunity to recollect and celebrate one of the most enjoyable and enriching periods in the history of SIUE," said Steve Jankowski, director of SIUE Alumni Affairs.
The cost is $15 for alumni association members; $20 for non-members. Advanced registration is required and can be completed online, www.siue.edu/alumni, or by calling (618) 650-2760.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Illinois House and Senate passed a statewide capital funding plan this week that includes $78.9 million for the renovation and expansion of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Science Building. The capital plan was approved with wide bi-partisan support in both chambers of the Illinois Legislature. The bill was then put on hold for 30 days, awaiting further action from the Illinois House.
For more than a decade, administrators at the University have lobbied for money to support the project, which will mean jobs for the area, state-of-the art laboratories and improved facilities for students, faculty and staff.
"Support for the capital funding plan was bipartisan and broad-based," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "We owe a great deal of credit to our legislative leaders, local legislative delegation and Governor (Patrick) Quinn.
"In addition, (SIU) President (Glenn) Poshard played a most significant role in this accomplishment, serving as a state spokesperson for higher education, while strongly advocating for SIU, resulting in $168.1M in the bill for SIUC and SIUE."
Vandegrift thanked the students, faculty and staff who wrote and spoke to legislators in support of the Science Building renovations and expansion.
"This accomplishment is the result of more than ten years of work at SIUE on the Science Building project," he said. "It's a great day for SIUE."
Renovations and an expansion of the existing facility will allow the University to attract and retain students, faculty and staff, as well as ease lab space issues and provide more opportunities for greater research initiatives. Vandegrift has said that lack of a new science building has been the "single most important factor limiting the future growth of SIUE."
While labs currently in use have been retrofitted for safety purposes, the labs have been deteriorating at a fast rate. Overcrowding in current labs has made it difficult for students to conduct graduate level research.
In the past, Vandegrift has said that a renovated and expanded facility would enable the University to further enhance the quality education it provides its students.
The capital funding plan also included $3.4 million to pay for deferred maintenance on the campus to make building upgrades and repairs. The legislation now will be forwarded to Governor Quinn, who is expected to authorize the expenditures.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Northbound traffic along South University Drive from Stadium Drive to the intersection of P1, will be detoured starting Tuesday, May 26, during the rebuilding of the road on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Vehicles will be routed to two-way traffic in the section of southbound University Drive during the work. Right-hand turns off northbound University Drive to Supporting Services Road and University Park Drive will not be allowed during this time.
"Weather permitting, all work will be completed before classes start in August," said Bob Washburn, director of SIUE Facilities Management.
Drivers are encouraged to take alternative routes.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A team of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville mechanical engineering students Ronak Desai, of Troy; Philip McAndrews, of Glen Carbon; Chad Pike, of Effingham; and Andre Stunson, also of Glen Carbon—designed and built a “green” motorcycle for a senior design project. “We wanted to create a vehicle that would bridge the gap between high performance and renewable fuel sources,” Desai said. “We were thinking outside the box.” The determination and commitment to this project is easily evident, Desai said, as team members used $4,200 of their own money to complete the bike.
The motorcycle, known as the Green Bike, is 11’8” long and runs on B99 Biodiesel, which is soy-based and produces 78 percent less emissions than standard diesel. The team began the project by first selecting an engine—a six-cylinder, turbo-diesel from a 1984 Lincoln Mark 7 found on the internet. The frame was then designed to be as small as possible, while accommodating the size of the engine using Solid Works, a computer design program the team learned on their own. They used AISI 1026 mild steel in the frame and body fabrication. In keeping with the “green” theme, the team used “John Deere green” paint for the finishing touches.
The team designed the bike to reach top speeds of 150mph, but they hope to break the current world record of 130.614mph for a biodiesel powered motorcycle. Team member Andre Stunson will race the bike during Speed Week in Bonneville, Utah, this summer. Ryan Krauss, the instructor for the senior design course, was impressed by the effort and determination of the group. “This was an extremely ambitious project,” Krauss said. “I originally tried to talk them into scaling it down somehow. They put an astounding amount of work into this.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Bette Bergeron, dean of the School of Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently announced formation of the School’s Academy of Fellows to “acculturate, develop, support, and honor a cadre of professional leaders” throughout the region. “These leaders have expressed interest in supporting the School as ambassadors, advisors, scholars and teaching fellows,” Bergeron said.
The Academy’s inaugural reception was held earlier this month at SIUE’s Morris University Center to honor and recognize the Academy’s 354 charter members. In her opening remarks, Bergeron applauded the charter members for their professional expertise and accomplishments, and welcomed them to a new “community of peers.”
The purpose of the Academy is involvement on a volunteer basis and is determined by each individual member’s interests. For example, members may be selected to serve on search committees, represent the community through service on advisory boards, or make presentations in University courses or at other School of Education events. Members also will be invited to various activities and presentations throughout the year.
John Dunphy, a member of the School’s Executive Advisory Board and the Academy of Fellows, predicts that this “new organization will accomplish a great deal for SIUE and the community it serves.” The professional expertise of the Academy members reflects the diversity of the School’s academic programs, which include the following departments: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Kinesiology and Health Education, Psychology, and Special Education and Communication Disorders.
SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson noted that he looked forward to “the continuing success and impact of these new partners in providing an excellent SIUE education for our students and future professionals.”
To view the list of charter members, become a member of the Academy of Fellows, or for more information please visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/education.
Click here for photo from the Academy of Fellows event—In the photo, two members of the Fellows take a moment to chat: Danny Steele (at left), superintendent of Prairie du Rocher Schools, and Louis Obernuefemann, superintendent of Coulterville Unit District No. 1 Schools. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Although its overall score wasn’t enough to put it over the top in the Annual Greater St. Louis Regional Botball Tournament recently at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Terre Haute Vigo High School team fought valiantly but came in second. For the fourth straight year, the team from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Edwardsville won the regional tournament by amassing more points in the seeding (solo run) round and a second place finish in the actual botball competition to outscore Terre Haute overall.
The team from Terre Haute scored first place in the double elimination round, barely squeaking past St. Mary’s, but the Edwardsville team also scored relatively high in the seeding and came in third in the documentation round, in which St. Mary’s finished outside the top four. But, it wasn't enough, said Jeff Croxell, an instructional support specialist in the SIUE Department of Computer Science. “Despite Terre Haute’s winning the double elimination round, St. Mary’s had an impressive showing in the seeding round and came in second in the double elimination.
“Throughout the competition, Terre Haute fought hard, playing extra defense, but in the end it wasn’t enough to win.”
During the event, with its theme of “alternative energy,” competing teams used autonomous robots (no remote control) to “help green-up their town” by installing wind and water power plants to offset “all those nasty carbon emissions.” Sponsored by the SIUE School of Engineering and the Botball® Educational Robotics Program, 14 teams of students from middle schools and high schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri competed.
This was the fourth time the School of Engineering played host to the regional competition. “This event gives us a chance to excite many bright students from throughout the region,” said Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim. “We hope that some of these students will consider engineering and science as career choices because of these types of experiences.”
Croxell said the actual double elimination battle between St. Mary’s and Terre Haute was exciting as the two teams attempted to move “hydro energy” (represented by blue foam balls) and “green fuels” (represented by green foam balls) up “hills” made of particle board covered in a white plastic, resembling vinyl. “Throughout the competition, Terre Haute studied St. Mary’s strategies, fighting against them and counteracting the strategies with extra defense,” Croxell said. “The two teams did well, but St. Mary’s held on for the win.”
Created by KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) Institute for Practical Robotics, a nonprofit organization based in Norman, Okla., Botball incorporates principles of mathematics, science, engineering, project management and technology. Each team of students spends about seven weeks building a robot for a Botball competition. For more information, contact Jerry Weinberg, (618) 650-2368, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
Dr. Kequin Gu, professor of mechanical engineering and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has been chosen to deliver a Distinguished Invited Lecture at the 4th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications later this month in Xi’an, China.
Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics among others. The IEEE name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. Today, the organization’s scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields that it is simply referred to by the acronym itself.
Gu has been recognized by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Chapter of Singapore, Northwestern Polytechnical University and the IEEE Xi’an Section for his outstanding professional status and vast experience. While visiting China, Gu also will conduct seminars at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing Normal University and Yulin University.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Mixing comedy, great music and family fun, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Summer ShowBiz 2009 promises to deliver all three beginning June 11 with its live summer theater season, now in its 30th year.
Greater Tuna, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies, is a hilarious comedy about the third smallest town in the Lone Star State—Tuna, Texas. It’s a tour de force for two actors who play the eclectic band of Tuna citizens as they present this satire on life in rural America. The comedy opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, and continues at the same time through Saturday, June 13, and also Friday and Saturday, June 19-20. In addition, there are 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, June 14 and 21. The show, which plays at SIUE's James F. Metcalf Theater, is not recommended for children under 12.
Inspired by Elvis Presley’s draft into the U.S. Army in 1957, Bye Bye Birdie is the familiar Broadway smash hit musical that pokes fun at society. It’s the second Summer ShowBiz offering from June 24-28, all in the theater at SIUE’s Katherine Dunham Hall. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, and continues at the same curtain time through Saturday, June 27. In addition, there are matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28. This show is not recommended for children under eight.
The teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie (a takeoff on Conway Twitty who was a rock ‘n’ roll rival of Presley’s at the time) is leaving for the Army and his staff plans to have Birdie sing a new song, One Last Kiss, and give one lucky girl from his fan club a real last kiss on The Ed Sullivan Show before leaving.
The summer revelry draws to a close with something for the family—Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, based on Norwegian-British author Dahl’s ever popular children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Published in 1964, it’s the story of the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka. Often considered one of the most beloved children’s stories of the 20th century, the plot is based on Dahl’s memory of the two largest chocolate makers at the time in England. According to Wikipedia, the Free Dictionary, the two companies routinely tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies into each other’s factories. It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factories that inspired Dahl to write his novel.
The musical opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, and continues at the same curtain time through Saturday, July 18; in addition, there are two matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. Sorry, no children under 4. Tickets are $15; senior citizens, retirees and alumni, SIUE retirees, SIUE alumni, SIUE faculty and staff, non-SIUE students, and children under 16, are $12. Group rates are available. For tickets or more information call the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance box office, (618) 650-2774, or toll free, (888) 328-5168, ext. 2774.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Karen Patty-Graham, retired director of Instructional Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, was installed recently as President of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) during the 33rd Annual NADE Conference in Greensboro, N.C. In her new post, Patty-Graham presides over NADE’s 30 state, regional, and international chapters; 17 special professional interest networks; 17 national committees; and the 2010 annual conference to be held in Columbus, Ohio.
With more than 3,000 members, NADE includes college and university faculty, staff, and administrators who focus on academic success of students through professional development; support of student learning in classroom, learning center, tutorial, and course-based programs; public leadership; dissemination of exemplary models of practice; and coordination with other professional organizations. Developmental Education is a comprehensive process that involves the intellectual, social, and emotional growth and development of students across various levels of education.
During her 30 years at SIUE, Patty-Graham served as an academic advisor, reading and study skills instructor, adjunct instructor in the School of Education, coordinator of University 112 curriculum, Upward Bound liaison with SIUE’s East St. Louis Center, and director of Instructional Services.
She earned a bachelor of science in elementary education at Northern Illinois University, a master’s in developmental and remedial reading at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a doctorate in the Instructional Process at SIUE. Patty-Graham and her husband, Larry Graham, reside in Edwardsville.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association is calling on volunteers to help clean up a site that will be used in June to commemorate the legendary Mississippi River Festival.
Volunteers will meet at about 9:45 a.m. at the parking lot at the access road off North University Drive, south of Poag Road on Sunday, May 17. Work will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that day. Volunteers will clear brush and uncover some wonderful Festival artifacts, as well as remove debris.
"The Mississippi River Festival site is in desperate need of some tender loving care," said Steve Jankowski, SIUE's director of alumni affairs. "Delivering that TLC will involve some hard work, but we hope to make the site of many a wonderful evening a place where anyone can go to walk, relax and remember."
Jankowski said for those who are prone to contracting poison ivy, "this might not be the volunteer opportunity for you," but pointed out that more MRF volunteer opportunities will be available. He encouraged volunteers for Saturday's project to bring bug spray, tools, long sleeved shirts, gloves and safety goggles, and be prepared to sign an indemnity waiver.
Those who plan to attend are asked to contact Jankowski at (618) 650-2346 in advance of the project. Those with questions also are asked to call. In case of inclement weather, Saturday, June 6 will be the alternate volunteer work day.
The commemorative picnic will take place Saturday, June 13. The cost is $15 for alumni association members; $20 for non-members. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance at the Web site: www.siue.edu/alumni. More information will soon be released on the picnic.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has awarded a 10-year accreditation, the longest possible under CCNE guidelines, to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, an achievement that was hard fought and well deserved. The CCNE findings came as a result of some five years of work that involved curriculum examination, procedural changes, pedagogical advances and months of planning and self-scrutiny.
In 2001, the SIUE nursing program was put on probation for three years because students’ average scores on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX ) had fallen below state standards for two consecutive testing periods. It was that scenario that greeted Marcia Maurer when she became dean of the School. “When I arrived, I heard three persistent stories about the School: 1) We were closing 2) We had lost our accreditation, neither of which was ever true; and 3) We were on probation for low NCLEX scores, which was true,” Maurer said. “If you have two successive test scores that are below the state guidelines, a nursing school is put on probation for three years by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.”
She doesn't offer it as an excuse, but SIUE wasn’t alone in receiving probation. Maurer pointed out that school probations were happening throughout the country at that time because NCLEX exams had been changed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Many schools, including SIUE, she said, were caught unawares. “It was a very sobering experience; some very prestigious schools were recording low scores or put on probation. We were all caught off guard.”
Rather than bury her head in the sand, Maurer took the probation news as an impetus to begin overhauling the curriculum to ensure that SIUE nursing graduates were receiving the kind of quality education that would serve them well in the real world. SIUE students now average between 86 and 96 on NCLEX exams, higher than or at the national and state averages, and well above the minimum average of 75 required by the state. “I finally decided to just forget the past and basically start from scratch,” she said.
That determination led to examination of what was being taught and what improvements were needed, which included updating the School’s Simulated Learning Center for Health Sciences (SLCHS). The SLCHS offers a high-tech setting for students and trained professionals to make critical, split-second decisions in a practice environment. The SLCHS also trains students to face real-world scenarios with conviction and confidence.”
It appears that the self-examination and hard work has paid off. The CCNE recently finished the School’s accreditation process and gave an A+. “The accreditors used the phrase ‘the program is inspiring,’” Maurer said with pleasure. “I’ve been in three accreditation meetings in my career and I’ve never heard that phrase used before and Maurer herself said she never uses that phrase. It’s like the analogy of the Phoenix rising—we were as low as we could get and look at what we’ve become.”
The accreditation process for nursing schools occurs every 10 years and includes scrutiny of a school’s curriculum, its faculty, NCLEX exam scores for registered nurses, and success of alumni. All factors are measured against prescribed levels of excellence put forth nationally by the CCNE. An accreditation team then comes to campus for three days for an on-site visit. “They interviewed faculty, they interviewed students, myself, my associate and assistant deans, department chairs, and they even visited with the Provost and the Chancellor,” Maurer said. “We also prepare a comprehensive report that the accreditation team scrutinizes to make sure there are no major errors or deviance from the national standards for nursing education.
“The accreditation team presented the School faculty, students and staff, and key University administrators with a verbal report on the last day of their visit,” she said. “Not only did they find the program to be inspiring, but they also found no areas of non-compliance,” she said. “We were stunned; they always find something wrong but in our case they went so far as to commend us for our proactive stance in the face of our probation for the low scores.
“This accreditation means that we have met the highest standards for nursing education,” Maurer said. “What does that mean for students? It means that a student who comes here can be assured of receiving the highest quality education. And, the agencies that are considering graduates of the SIUE program for hiring can be sure of getting an excellent nurse.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The School of Business recently honored more than 50 students for academic excellence and leadership at the School’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Program.
“The School of Business is fortunate to have the support of individuals, corporations, and organizations that provide annual or endowed scholarships assisting deserving students," said Judy Woodruff, director of development for the School. “The Scholarship and 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.”
The keynote speaker for the event was Eric Levin, director of finance for the Integrated Logistics Division within the Global Services and Support area at The Boeing Company in St. Louis. Danielle Martin of Farmersville, who won the American Marketing Association Scholarship, made remarks from a student’s perspective.
The SIUE School of Business has held the prestigious seal of approval from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1975. The School is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned this accreditation. Below, the students who were honored are listed by their hometowns in alpha order with their awards:
ATHENS: Jennifer Sellman- The Beta Gamma Sigma Award (no photo available)
BELLEVILLE: Laura Dietz-The Edward K. Brennar Award in Business Management (no photo available)
BLOOMINGTON: Jared Starnes- The Kloos Student Grant—In the photo, School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino is presenting the award to Starnes.
CALUMET CITY: Dometi Pongo-The Messing Family Scholarship—In the photo, School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino is presenting the award to Pongo.
COLLINSVILLE: Kamiliah Lograsso- The Robert A. and Margaret K. Schultheis Scholarship—In the photo, Lograsso is flanked by School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino and Susan Yager, chair of the Department of Computer Management and Information Systems
Jason Williams- The Alumni Award in Accounting—In the photo, from left are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Williams; Casey Webster and Aaron Koch, also winners of the award; and Mike Costigan, chair of the Department of Accounting.
DECATUR: Corinne Boynton- The William and Florence Schmidt Memorial Scholarship—In the photo are, from left, Rachel Crouch and Lindsay Kennedy, also winners; Boynton; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
DOW: Casey Webster- The Alumni Award in Accounting—In the photo, from left are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Jason Williams, also a winner; Webster, Aaron Koch, also a winner; and Mike Costigan, chair of the Department of Accounting.
EDWARDSVILLE: Adam Barton- The Wilbur L. Campbell Jr. Outstanding Student Leadership Award—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino, Barton, former SIUE Professor Wilbur L. Campbell Jr. and Patrick E. Calvin, a 1981 SIUE graduate who was one of the alumni so-sponsors to establish the award in Campbell’s honor.
Jennifer E. Boggess- The Darrell Lee Davidson Honors Award in Marketing—In the photo, from left, are School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino, Boggess and Associate Professor Ralph Giacobbe, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing.
Jory Chadwick- The Jensen Baeske Group Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Paul J. Baeske, a representative of the Jensen Baeske Group, Chadwick and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
Adam Davis- The Rotary Club of Edwardsville Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are Greg Coffey, vice president of the Rotary Club of Edwardsville; Davis; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
Nicole Kinnison- The Thomas DuHadway Memorial Award—In the photo, with Kinnison, is School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
Daniel Wirth- The Frank Staggers Award for Excellence in Marketing Research—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Professor Madhav Segal, a member of the management and marketing faculty and director of SIUE’s master of marketing program; Wirth; and Associate Professor Ralph Giacobbe, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing.
EFFINGHAM: Kari Kabbes- The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Emerging Leader Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Tom Preusser, an area manager for Enterprise; Tina Diehl, a group rental manager for Enterprise; Kabbes; Bob Zoelzer, group recruiting manager for Enterprise; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
Kaylee Krischel-The Homer L. and Helen L. Cox Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are Krischel; Jeffry Harrison and Andrew Foster, other winners; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
ELWIN: Hillary Brown-The Stuart E. White Accounting Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Melissa Ford, another winner; Brown; and Denise Engelke, also a winner.
FARMERSVILLE: Brett Martin-The Boeing Company Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Eric Levin, guest speaker for the awards event and director of Finance for the Integrated Logistics Division at Boeing; Mary Kay Guse, a 1988 SIUE graduate and an Executive Focal for SIUE from Boeing; Stephanie Bloch, Kristin Nolte, Trenton Harvey, other winners; Martin; and the School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
Danielle Martin-The American Marketing Association Student Organization Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Martin; Assistant Professor Edmund Hershberger, of the management and marketing faculty; and Associate Professor Ralph Giacobbe, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing.
FLORA: Trenton Harvey-The Boeing Company Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Eric Levin, guest speaker for the awards event and director of Finance for the Integrated Logistics Division at Boeing; Mary Kay Guse, a 1988 SIUE graduate and an Executive Focal for SIUE from Boeing; Stephanie Bloch and Kristin Nolte, other winners; Harvey; Brett Martin; another winner; and the School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
GERMANTOWN: Lauren Dierkes- The M.R.V. Iyengar Memorial Award in Economics—In the photo, Dierkes is flanked by the School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino (at left) and Rik Hafer, distinguished research professor and chair of the Department of Economics and Finance.
GLEN CARBON: Denise Engelke- The Stuart E. White Accounting Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Melissa Ford and Hillary Brown, two other winners; and Engelke.
Tisha Latham- The AmerenIP Scholarship—In the photo, Latham is flanked by Tobie Grover, District V manager for Ameren IP, and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
HOFFMAN ESTATES: Jennifer Meyer-The Jerome Hollenhorst Scholarship—In the photo, School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino presents the award.
JACKSONVILLE: Suzanne Glascock- The Syllogisteks Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Maurie Smith and Lisa Null, both of Syllogisteks; Glascock and Susan Yager, chair of the Department of Computer Management and Information Systems.
JERSEYVILLE: Bethann Autery- The John W. and Jane R. Mosser Scholarship for Creativity and Marketing—In the photo, Autery is flanked by (at left) School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino and Associate Professor Ralph Giacobbe, chair of the Department of Managment and Marketing.
LAGRANGE: Anna Komperda- The James A. Yates Jr. Award in Economics. (no photo available)
MT. VERNON: Keri Riggs- The Harold Boeschenstein Award in Marketing—In the photo, Riggs is flanked by (at left) School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino and Associate Professor Ralph Giacobbe, chair of the Department of Managment and Marketing.
NEOGA: Jodi Vogt- The Financial Executives International Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Harold Davies, president of Financial Executives International; Vogt; and Mike Costigan, chair of the Department of Accounting.
NEW BADEN: Patrick Stumpf- The BKD Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Joe Thompson, of BKD; Stumpf; and Mike Costigan, chair of the Department of Accounting.
O’FALLON: Courtney Hall- The Phoenix Fund Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Jim Dougherty, of EE-Jay Transportation; Hall; and Mike Costigan, chair of the Department of Accounting.
OZARK: Melissa Ford- The Stuart E. White Accounting Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Ford; Hillary Brown, another winner; and Denise Engelke, also a winner.
QUINCY: Stephanie Bloch- The Boeing Co. Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Eric Levin, guest speaker for the awards event and director of Finance for the Integrated Logistics Division at Boeing; Mary Kay Guse, a 1988 SIUE graduate and an Executive Focal for SIUE from Boeing; Bloch; Kristin Nolte, Trenton Harvey, and Brett Martin, other winners; and the School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
James Fry- The John F. Schrage Ph.D. Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; John Schrage; Fry; and Susan Yager, chair of the Department of Computer Management and Information Systems.
RED BUD: Jeffry Harrison-The Homer L. and Helen L. Cox Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are Kaylee Krischel, another winner; Harrison; Andrew Foster, another winner; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
ROCKFORD: Lindsay Kennedy-The William and Florence Schmidt Memorial Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Rachel Crouch, another winner; Kennedy; Boynton, another winner; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
SESSER: Andrew Foster-The Homer L. and Helen L. Cox Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are Kaylee Krischel and Jeffry Harrison, other winners; Foster; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
STAUNTON: Rachel Crouch-William and Florence Schmidt Memorial Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Crouch; Lindsay Kennedy and Corinne Boynton, other winners; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
SWANSEA: Christopher Bethel-Hortica Insurance and Employee Benefits Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Peter Fornof, CIO and senior vice president for administration at Hortica; Connie Turner, a 1993 graduate of SIUE and vice president of Human Resources at Hortica; Bethel; Robert McClellan, a 1973 graduate of SIUE and retired president and CEO of Hortica; and School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
Aaron Koch- The Alumni Award in Accounting—In the photo, from left are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino, Jason Williams and Casey Webster, other winners; Koch; and Mike Costigan, chair of the Department of Accounting.
WARSAW: Cassandra Weigand- The R. Marty Burns Memorial Scholarship—In the photo, School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino presents the award.
WATERLOO: Cynthia Notter- The Waterways Management Scholarship—In the photo, School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino presents the award.
WAVERLY: Devyn Morgan-The Homer L. and Helen L. Cox Scholarship (no photo available)
FLORISSANT: Jason Rogers- The Jensen Baeske Group Scholarship (no photo available)
MANCHESTER: Kristin Nolte- The Boeing Company Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: Eric Levin, guest speaker for the awards event and director of Finance for the Integrated Logistics Division at Boeing; Mary Kay Guse, a 1988 SIUE graduate and an Executive Focal for SIUE from Boeing; Stephanie Bloch, another winner; Nolte, Trenton Harvey and Brett Martin, other winners; and the School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.
ST. LOUIS (63131): William D. Boehm- The RubinBrown Accounting Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino; Nora Black, a representative of RubinBrown; Boehm; Lynn Davis, also a representative of the firm; and Mike Costigan, chair of the Department of Accounting.
UNIVERSITY CITY: Robert Connor- The James F. Miller Jr. Scholarship—In the photo, from left, are: School of Business Dean Gary Giamartin; Connor; and David Ault, emeritus professor in the Department of Economics and Finance.
Congratulations: Pamela Donahue, office support specialist for the SIUE School of Nursing, is the May recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. At the ceremony honoring Donahue were Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher, who presented the award; Human Resources Director Sherrie Senkfor; and Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer and Associate Dean Mary Ann Boyd, both of whom nominated Donahue for the award. In addition to an award plaque, Donahue was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant, as well as parking close to her office for the month.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved a change in the tuition for the 2009-10 academic year, with new undergraduate students entering SIU Edwardsville this fall paying $351 more in annual tuition than new students who entered the University in fall 2008. The change is part of the University's guaranteed tuition plan, under which students pay their entering tuition rate for four years.
Today's action creates an annual tuition rate of $6,201 for new undergraduate students entering this coming fall. Students who entered SIUE in fall 2008 currently pay a $5,850 rate. The new tuition schedule was passed at the board's regular meeting today on the SIU Carbondale campus.
The SIUE plan also calls for a $17,566 annual tuition rate for the SIUE School of Pharmacy and a $23,284 annual tuition rate at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton. Pharmacy students currently are paying $15,970 annually and dental students currently are paying $21,760 annually.
The SIUE School of Pharmacy, the only such school in downstate Illinois, opened its doors in fall 2005 and currently enrolls nearly 320 students. Each year since it opened, the number of applicants to the School has been some four times the number of seats available.
The SIU School of Dental Medicine has been serving the healthcare needs of Southern Illinois for more than 30 years by graduating quality dental care professionals, many of whom practice in downstate Illinois.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved fee-related changes that will affect the SIU Edwardsville campus, including changes in the student fees for Information Technology, for Textbook Rental and for the Student Success Center expected to be completed for fall.
Other student fee changes approved include those for the University Center, the Student Fitness Center, the Student Welfare and Activity (SWAF), and Facilities Maintenance. The fee changes were approved by the Board at its regular meeting conducted today at SIU carbondale. The fees will be effective for the fall semester.
For a full-time undergraduate student, the Student Success Center fee will change from its current rate of $63 per semester to $67.80 per semester. The center will provide 68,000 square feet of space for all student services in one central location.
Under the new Textbook Rental fee approved today for undergraduate students, the change means a full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 15 hours or more) will pay $333 annually as opposed to the current $307.50. With textbook costs continually increasing, often resulting in hundreds of dollars in expense at other schools, the SIUE textbook rental program is popular among students.
With today's board approval, the Information Technology fee will change from $6.25 per credit hour to $6.45, resulting in a full-time undergraduate student paying $193.50 annually (two academic semesters of 15 hours each) compared with $187.50 that is paid currently for two semesters. This fee helps defray the costs of supporting computing resources and networking infrastructure on campus.
Below is a chart of the approved changes in other student fees:
Annually (for a full-time student enrolled in 15 hours or more during fall and spring)
FY09 FY10 Change
• SWAF $182.00 $202.40 +$20.40
• University Center $297.80 $303.90 +$ 6.10
• Student Fitness Ctr. $138.60 $152.60 +$14.00
• Facilities Maint. $495.00 $510.00 +$15.00
The Board also approved changes in SIUE's housing rental fees and a change in the Housing Activity Fee, both for the fall term.
Under the new schedule approved today, rental rates for a shared room at Woodland, Prairie and Bluff residence halls will be $2,345 per semester compared with the current charge of $2,190. A deluxe single room will cost $9,380 annually compared with $8,760 now. Housing rates at Evergreen Hall will be $5,030 annually for a shared apartment compared with $6,710 for a private apartment or a private suite rate of $5,690.
Meal plan fee changes for students in the residence halls will range from $80 more per year
for Plan A (most popular) to $110 more annually for Plan B.
Upperclassmen residing in Cougar Village Apartments will pay $3,670 annually for a shared room compared with $3,560 paid currently per year, while a single room will cost $5,450 annually compared with $5,290 now. A deluxe single room will be assessed at $7,340 per year compared with $7,120 per year now.
Families in Cougar Village, now paying $880 per month for a two-bedroom, unfurnished apartment, will pay $905 per month in fall 2009 and $930 in fall 2010. The same family paying $1,030 per month now for a furnished apartment will pay $1,060 per month in fall 2009 and $1,090 in fall 2010. Families in a three-bedroom unfurnished apartment now paying $990 per month will pay $1,020 per month in fall 2009 and $1,050 in fall 2010; a three-bedroom furnished is now $1,155 per month and will be $1,190 in fall 2009 and $1,225 in fall 2010.
Under a separate proposal, the Board also approved today a change in the Campus Housing Activity fee for family residents at SIUE during fall term from $41 to $43 per term. The current fee of $31 annually for single residents will remain unchanged. This fee supports programming, activities and services at Cougar Village.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved changes in the Nursing Program fee, the Intercollegiate Athletics fee, and the Pharmacy student technology fee, all at SIU Edwardsville. The new fee schedules were passed by the Board at its regular meeting conducted at SIU Carbondale.
For a full-time undergraduate student enrolled as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in the SIUE School of Nursing and taking clinical courses, the Nursing program fee will be $242 per clinical course per semester, a change from the current charge of $220. Freshman Nursing students do not take clinical courses.
The increase in the nursing program fee will cover the increase in enrollment in the School of Nursing, which leads to increased costs in providing more clinical courses.
Under the new Intercollegiate Athletics fee approved today, the change would mean a full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 15 hours or more) will pay $146.20 per semester beginning in the fall as opposed to the current $117.50.
In approving the new athletics fee, the board learned that the change will support continued operating expenses associated with the reclassification from NCAA Division II to Division I status and will move the program toward established fund balance targets.
The change in the SIUE School of Pharmacy student technology fee calls for $225 to be paid per semester compared with the $216 currently paid. The fee provides for laptop computers for each student along with risk insurance, replacement machines and replacement batteries, as well as the latest software and anti-virus protection while students are enrolled in the SIUE Pharmacy program.
All of the above fees will be effective for fall semester.
(CARBONDALE, Ill.) At a meeting Thursday, the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees (BOT) approved a 1-year, $1 million natural gas contract for the Edwardsville campus, with the option of renewing the contract at the $1 million annual projected cost for up to four more years.
The estimated 5-year, $5 million contract is an estimate and the actual cost will depend on natural gas usage and demand. Natural gas is the fuel source for heating university buildings, as well as for use in kitchens and to heat water.
SIUE's current natural gas contract will expire June 30. Requests for quotes were received April 9, with Centerpoint Energy of St. Louis providing the lowest quote.
The funding source will be state-appropriated funds for state-operated buildings, and the balance of charges for non-state-operated buildings will come from University Housing, Morris University Center, Student Success Center and Student Fitness Center debt accounts.
Also for the Edwardsville campus, the BOT approved a nearly $1.36 million construction contract for the resurfacing of South University Drive. The approved project budget was $2 million. The project is expected to be finished by fall term and will involve patching, asphalt overlay, guardrail upgrades, repair of existing and construction of new asphalt shoulders, and the filling of cracks on the main road.
The BOT also approved the purchase of furniture for the Student Success Center at a cost of roughly $1.18 million. Adhering to Illinois Procurement Higher Education Consortium guidelines, a contract was awarded to Wiley Office Equipment Co. of Springfield to furnish some of the 68,000-square-foot space, adjacent to the Morris University Center. While most of the furniture for individual offices will be moved from old offices to the new space, new furniture will be purchased for additional space in the building, including common areas; meeting, conference and seminar rooms; a computer lab; a testing area and a tutoring area, as well as waiting and work areas in suites off the common area and corridors. Some of the individual relocated offices also will be refurnished.
The money to pay for the furniture will come from state allocations and construction funds.
(CARBONDALE, Ill.) Under action today by the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, the SIU Edwardsville National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center may pursue development plans and cost estimates to expand on-site storage and process space, upgrade utilities and expand cellulose conversion equipment.
Plans will include designs and the purchase of necessary equipment to increase the facility's ability to conduct research on next-generation biofuels, specifically those based on cellulose and related plant molecules. NCERC currently is set up for research on starch-conversion processes.
The upgrades are necessary to allow the center to support the development of new technologies for the ethanol industry, in line with its mission.
Clients will benefit from improvements through the introduction of new state-of-the-industry technologies. With these modifications, NCERC will continue to hold its place as a pilot facility that meets the needs of bio-processing technology testing.
As required by state law, the qualifications-based selection (QBS) process was used and Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. was chosen as the project consultant. The firm will help the NCERC determine the extent of the work necessary, as well as the estimated cost.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) ) Eighteen area students are winners of the 15th Annual High School Writers’ Contest sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Lovejoy Library, a support organization for the SIUE library. Contestants were high school juniors and seniors from the counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, St. Clair, and Washington. Organizers of the contest said there were 481 entries.
Winners were formally announced recently at an awards banquet on the SIUE campus. First place winners in the three categories received $500 each, while second and third place winners in each category won $300 and $100, respectively. Those who won honorable mention in three categories received gift certificates and SIUE sweatshirts. Cosponsors and contributors for the competition were State Farm Insurance Companies, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Charitable Giving Program, the SIUE Graduate School and the Friends of Lovejoy Library.
First prize in the nonfiction category went to Alexandra Booth, a senior at Mount Olive High School, for her essay, “Her House.” Amanda Pokojski, a senior at Mater Dei Catholic High School, was second prize winner in the same category for her essay, “The Kitchen.” Third prize was won by Kevin Johnson, a senior at Belleville Township High School West, for his essay, “The Future Leaders of Illinois.” The honorable mention went to Megan Hughes, a senior at Belleville Township High School East, for her essay, “The Spark of Imagination.”
First prize in the poetry category was won by Benjamin Riggins, a junior at Columbia High School, for “Silent Serenity.” Second prize went to Katherine O’Truk, a senior at Belleville West, for “Volumes.” Camille McDonald, a senior at Lebanon High School, won third prize for “The Circle of a Peach.” The honorable mention went to Jessica Cotton, a junior at Columbia High School, for “Catatonic Cocktail.”
First prize in the fiction category was won by Gabriel Oriet, a junior at Althoff Catholic High School, for A Burden. Second prize went to Connor Brennan, a junior at Columbia High, in the same category, for Violet. Kara Gerstenecker, a senior at Columbia High, won third prize for The Opposite of Love. The honorable mention went to Hunter Hempen, a senior at Mater Dei, for The Baby Blue Eyes.
In honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, the contest this year was expanded to include students in social studies classes from those same high schools. Students were to write nonfiction or poetry about Lincoln or about freedom. Prizes were funded by the SIUE Graduate School.
First prize in the Lincoln nonfiction category went to Erin Chapman, a junior at Waterloo High School, for “Taking the High Road.” Second prize went to Evan M. Foster, a junior at Litchfield Senior High School, for “Abraham Lincoln: An Inspiration for a Fallen Man.” Third prize was won by Tara Seboldt, a junior, for “An Alternative View on Freedom.”
First prize in the Lincoln poetry category was won by Susha Marten, a junior at Litchfield High, for “This is Not the End.” Second prize went to Allison Barrows, a junior at Metro East Lutheran High School, for “The Man and His Hat.” Third prize went to Quincy Smith, a junior at Cahokia High School, for “From the Past to the Present.”
All award-winning entries have been printed in a booklet that is available for purchase. For information about purchasing booklets or about next year’s competition, call the Friends of Lovejoy Library, (618) 650-2730, or visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/lovejoylibrary/friends.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Need an enjoyable night out? Have a yearning for fine food, relaxing music, to help a library, and a chance to bid on incredible auction items? If so, why not stop by the inaugural Food for Thought Dinner and Auction on May 30 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. All proceeds will benefit SIUE's Lovejoy Library and the 350,000 patrons that use its services annually.
The event, from 6-9 p.m. that Saturday, is scheduled in SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom. The objective is to raise funds for the acquisition of greater information resources, to encourage life-long learning skills and strengthen information literacy for students and faculty as well as the community. More than 150 items will be up for bid, including signed books, vacations, jewelry, art and sports memorabilia. To view an auction catalog visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/lovejoylibrary/friends/dinner_auction.shtml.
Tickets are $35, and may be purchased by calling (618) 650-2714, visiting the Web site, or by purchasing tickets at the door. The dinner and auction is sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat, Heroic Adventures, TheBANK of Edwardsville, Helzberg Diamonds, Maneke Jewelers, Over the Edge Custom Framing, The Auction House Company, 244 Antiques, Market Basket and Dr. Katie McNamara Family Dentistry.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) On Saturday, May 9, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy will send 80 pharmacists into the world. The candidates for graduation will be honored at 11 a.m. that day in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom during a pre-commencement event known as a Hooding Ceremony.
"The members of the SIUE School of Pharmacy's inaugural class, the Class of 2009, have spent 4 years serving as ambassadors for both SIUE and the profession of pharmacy," said School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. "They will play an integral role on the health care team for patients throughout the region.
"This is a crucial point in their lives; the culmination of years of studying and hard work, and we are proud of their accomplishments."
During the ceremony, which is a special recognition ceremony for doctoral degree candidates dating back to the middle ages, faculty and students will don academic attire. The doctoral designees will wear a hood with olive green facing, indicating the wearer's pharmacy discipline. A red and white lining represents the academic institution from which the individuals are graduating.
"We are blessed to have attracted and retained students who relish change, strive for the highest levels of achievement, embrace diversity and strive to lead," said School of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Student Affairs Gireesh Gupchup. "They represent our inaugural class, and the future of pharmacy, and we look forward to their successes."
Jane Ellen Henney, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and senior vice president and provost for health affairs at the University of Cincinnati.
At 5 p.m. that afternoon, the graduation candidates will walk in a commencement ceremony in the SIUE Vadalabene Center.
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Three major area universities, including Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, have joined efforts in creating the Applied Research Collaborative (ARC), a regional data service center for local government and nonprofit organizations. ARC is comprised of SIUE’s Institute for Urban Research, the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Region Wise at Saint Louis University. The ARC will serve as a data clearinghouse, providing regional indicators and performing commissioned research projects, including trend analysis reports.
The collaboration is being undertaken by the universities as a way to provide support for community improvement through greater collaboration and more active engagement in key issues facing the St. Louis bi-state region. ARC will work together with area civic, public and nonprofit agencies that also will use the research generated by the collaborative. “One of the major challenges in our region is its economic and geographic diversity,” said Patrick McKeehan, executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. “We have 16 counties across two states that include highly industrialized urban areas, low-density agricultural communities and hundreds of governmental units.
“It just makes sense to use this alliance of three highly regarded educational institutions to increase our regional understanding, decision-making and connection.”
The ARC’s goal is to work with local governments and nonprofit organizations to ensure community improvement efforts are more informed, better planned and easier to implement. Research from the collaborative will help civic, nonprofit and public decision makers in a variety of ways, including local trend data presentation and analysis, program evaluation and documentation for specific community service needs. “The St. Louis region has never really used our substantial academic and scholarly resources to help us address complex policy problems in a fact-based, authoritative manner,” said Les Sterman, executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, which has already begun working with the collaborative.
“ARC is a great idea that couldn’t come at a more opportune time and I’m sure that we will soon find ways for them to support our regional decision-making process.”
ARC already has started conversations with local government officials and nonprofit leaders to explore how its resources might track and analyze the impact of the current social and economic crises, and how they might be best addressed. As Gary Dollar, executive director of the St. Louis United Way, noted, “Especially under current circumstances, all of us need to identify opportunities to be more efficient and effective. ARC can provide such opportunity for us to access and interpret data to good advantage.”
ARC plans to issue several brief reports each year treating relevant regional trends. The collaborative also will hold regular conferences focusing on key issues facing the region, such as affordable workforce housing and strategies for a sustainable St. Louis.
When Yannick Le Boulicaut (boo-lee-COE) came to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1994 as part of a faculty and student exchange program between SIUE and the Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO) in Angers, France, he found the students here somewhat uninterested in French culture. What a difference 15 years has made, according to the 56-year-old French professor who was at SIUE in April for another exchange with the Foreign Languages faculty and the UCO.
SIUE French Professor Debbie Mann recently spent this past March at the UCO in Angers, west of Paris, where she taught colonialism in literature and translation challenges created by cultural differences.
In 1994, Le Boulicaut's wife, Virginia, was sent to the SIUE School of Business for a six-month exchange in which SIUE Economics Professor Radcliffe “Pug” Edmonds went to the UCO. Later, Yannick, was sent to SIUE in an exchange with Mann.
A native of Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Yannick have brought their two children to the United States every summer or so since then to help the children remain bi-lingual. Fifteen years ago, the couple was trying to determine if moving permanently to the United States would be a good decision. They finally made the decision to live in Angers permanently. During April, Le Boulicaut taught students here in three of Mann’s courses: Contemporary France, Intermediate French and The French-Speaking World. “I'm trying to give the students an inside view of what’s going on in the country," Le Boulicaut said during his stay. “And, when Debbie is teaching at Angers, she is teaching similar issues at the UCO.”
The SIUE School of Business has had such teaching exchange agreements in place since 1991 and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature also joined those programs for students to study not only at UCO but also at the Ecole Superiéure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers (ESSCA) and at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus in Toluca, Mexico. The international links have been expanded during the past 18 years to include other institutions in Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands.
“The School of Business uses the program to teach about each others’ culture so the students can become better global businessman,” Le Boulicaut said. “No matter what the discipline, teaching about the culture really opens up a student’s mind. You can’t only learn that from books.”
One of the big discussions in Le Boulicaut’s SIUE classes last month was how the U.S. elections were perceived in France. “We tend to compare your politicians with French politicians, but in France it’s not always easy to identify the nuances of left and right.” One difference that is very noticeable to Le Boulicaut is that SIUE students are so much more interested in global cultures than they were 15 years ago. “They ask a lot of questions and are genuinely interested in what I’ve been teaching,” he said. “It wasn’t really like that when I was here before. I’m very impressed with the quality of the students nowadays. It could be that the residential aspect of the campus now is that you have students from a wider demographic background than before.
“I'm impressed by the quality of the questions and you can see the interest in their eyes—like they really wanted to be there,” he said. “I also noticed the amount of students from around the world, a global mix.”
Mann is planning a July trip to Angers for a three-week travel-study experience for seven SIUE students currently studying French. They will have an opportunity to conduct a workshop at the Bibliothèque Anglophone (English Language library) in Angers, affording the regular interaction with French middle and high school students. SIUE students also will take a French culture course in Angers taught by Mann, giving them a chance to supplement their readings with first-hand experience and visits to cultural sites. “The students at Angers were quite knowledgeable about U.S. culture and very interested in learning more,” Mann said.
“Students concentrating in English at the UCO possess solid background knowledge of U.S. history and society and, in their research, they explore topics that allow them to extend their understanding in specific areas such as Chicano culture in the United States, American musical theater, among others. “I was very impressed during both exchanges by the intellectual curiosity of the students and their level of preparation in the area of American studies,” Mann said.
When asked if it’s true that the French don’t have much regard for U.S. citizens, Le Boulicaut said the media distort that perception. “There is the notion that the French are all angry at Americans, but for the most part that’s not necessarily true. Perhaps it might be somewhat true in the big cities, but not usually in the rural areas. For example, some might find some New Yorkers rude but that doesn’t mean they all are like that.” Le Boulicaut said the French were generally happy with the outcome of the U.S. elections. “The French felt that the former president made many mistakes during his time in office,” Le Boulicaut explained. “I do notice when I fly here that the planes are packed with French people visiting the States. If they didn’t like it here, I doubt they would visit.”
The couple’s children are now 20, 18 and 13. “We try to spend summers in the States and we hope they remain totally bilingual but it’s difficult if you live most of the year in one country. Miriam, the oldest, is studying in France, while Ariel, 18, wants to study in the States. Different kids, different ideas.”
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Because of growing numbers of graduating students, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will go to a two-day schedule of ceremonies for commencement weekend, this year on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9.
A total of 1,807 students are expected to graduate from SIUE during spring commencement ceremonies for the School of Nursing and the School of Business (graduates and undergraduates) at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8; the School of Education (graduates and undergraduates) at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 9; undergraduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1 p.m. Saturday; and the schools of Pharmacy and Engineering (undergraduates and graduates), along with CAS graduate students, at 5 p.m. Saturday, all in SIUE's Vadalabene Center.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, the SIUE School of Pharmacy will conduct its first hooding ceremony for graduating candidates. This will be the first class to graduate from the four-year program which began in 2005. The SIUE School is the only one in downstate Illinois. The hooding ceremony reminds students of the professionalism they must maintain throughout their careers. The graduating candidates also will recite the Pharmacist's Oath.
As part of its annual commencement tradition, SIUE will bestow the SIUE Distinguished Service Award this year upon David M. Oates, a long time supporter of the University who has served as president and chairman of the SIUE Foundation Board and who has served as president of his highly successful engineering firm in Collinsville, Oates & Associates. He will receive the award and will be the commencement speaker at the 9 a.m. and the 1 p.m. ceremonies.
The SIUE Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Service Awards Committee actively solicits nominations from members of the University community to obtain a diverse pool of qualified candidates for these awards. A candidate for an Honorary Degree may be any person who has made significant contributions to cultural, educational, scientific, economic, social, and humanitarian or other worthy fields of endeavor.
Oates has directed numerous transportation and building projects that have benefited the University, Edwardsville, Madison County and others throughout the region. On the SIUE campus, Oates Associates has been instrumental in several major projects. The company was responsible for the design of SIUE's state-of-the-art Engineering Building, which also included improvements to surrounding roads and parking areas. The company also oversaw the addition of the SIUE Student Fitness Center as part of SIUE's Vadalabene Center, and also played a key role in the development of the track and field facility at Korte Stadium, which, in addition to hosting Cougar events, was used for the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival.
SIUE also will award an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Dr. Jane E. Henney, the first woman to serve as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As one who has dedicated her career to improving public health, working in both government and higher education, Dr. Henney has held positions at the University of Kansas, including vice chancellor for Health Programs and interim dean of the School of Medicine. She will receive her award and make the commencement address at the 5 p.m. Saturday ceremony. She also will speak at the Pharmacy hooding ceremony on the morning of May 9.
In 1992, Dr. Henney began her work at the FDA as deputy commissioner for Operations. In 1994, she moved to the University of New Mexico as vice president for Health Sciences. Based on her excellent reputation as both a researcher and administrator, Dr. Henney was appointed by then-President Clinton to her groundbreaking post as head of the FDA in 1998, a role she held until 2001.
As FDA Commissioner, she led the agency responsible for safeguarding the public health by regulating human and veterinary drugs, the nation's food supply, and medical devices and cosmetics, among other products.
Following her tenure with the FDA, Dr. Henney was a senior scholar in residence at the Association of Academic Health Centers from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, Dr. Henney became the senior vice president and provost for Health Affairs at the University of Cincinnati until last year, where she remains on the faculty of UC's College of Medicine. Her distinguished career has resulted in numerous accolades. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and the Society of Medical Administrators, to name just two.
Henney has previously received honorary degrees from North Carolina State University, Manchester College and the University of Rochester. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1998 as well as an Alumni Award from Manchester College in 1996. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Manchester College.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has received a two-year, $221,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation of Chicago, considered a very prestigious honor, to conduct a comprehensive four-part study of school principals in Illinois. The principal investigator is IERC Executive Director Kathleen Sullivan Brown and the co-investigator is Brad White, senior researcher for the IERC.
Their research will focus on the academic backgrounds and career paths of public school principals in Illinois; estimates of principal effects, and the characteristics associated with successful school leaders in various school contexts; the roles that principals play in managing teacher talent and improving teacher quality; and school administrators’ attrition and retention patterns. “School principal quality has catapulted into prominence in the education policy arena as states strive to improve student achievement,” Brown explained. “Researchers in the field of educational administration have been coordinating their efforts to document what is known about successful school leadership and what questions remain unanswered, particularly about the role of school leadership in influencing student achievement.
“Some researchers rank school leadership practices second only to teacher quality in terms of impact on student learning, and additional studies have indicated that principal quality is especially important in the most disadvantaged schools.” Brown said the state of Illinois has made great strides recently in collecting and examining data on the qualifications of its education workforce. Beginning in 2007, Illinois convened a School Leadership Task Force, she said, which has issued a series of recommendations to improve preparation of school administrators. "Institutions of higher education will soon be implementing these recommendations to strengthen the preparation of principals and to improve the administrative certification process,” Brown said.
The IERC was established in 2000 to provide Illinois with education research to support P-20 education policy making and program development. The IERC undertakes independent research and policy analysis, often in collaboration with other researchers, which informs and strengthens Illinois’ commitment to providing a seamless system of educational opportunities for its citizens.
Stephen Hansen, associate provost for research and dean of the SIUE Graduate School, said that the Joyce Foundation grant represents a significant opportunity for the IERC. “The Joyce Foundation is a major sponsor of important policy research in the state and in the United States,” Hansen said. “This foundation has provided significant funding of school reform in Illinois, in improving teacher quality, and in supporting innovative projects.
“SIUE is extremely pleased that the IERC received this prestigious funding, and we anticipate that this research study will make a singular contribution to state education policy in the future.”
The state Board of Education has also been awarded a major federal grant to establish a comprehensive longitudinal data system, Brown pointed out. Statewide efforts are under way in promoting teacher induction and mentoring, and in identifying the pool of teachers and administrators ready to undertake quality early childhood education. “These efforts demonstrate the state’s desire to build a connected system of state databases, while making educational decisions based on quality data,” Brown said. “The IERC’s research reinforces these efforts with additional information and analysis of the education workforce, specifically school administrators.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Fourteen Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Housing residents were inducted recently into the University’s Red Storm Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The honorary is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) and the Red Storm Chapter is the SIUE local chapter of the association.
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.
The 14 SIUE inductees are: Lindsay Preston, of Mascoutah; Amanda Sipp, of Columbia; Paul Whittington, of Valmeyer; Ali Felchner, of Springfield; Brittney Barr, of St. Louis; Charles Massie, of Dupo; Brittney Banks, of St. Louis; John Curry, of Springfield; Rachel Holtgrave, of O’Fallon; Ashley Kahl, of New Lenox; Tomas Maberry, of Belleville; Luis Solano, of Addison; Amanda Woods, of Winthrop Manor; and Quince Zackrie, of Shiloh.
Three honorary members also were inducted: Assistant Hall Director Kristen Richards, Hall Director Justin Allen and Lisa Israel, assistant director of Residence Life for Residential Education. Honorary members are people who do not meet the requirements of being an active member but who have contributed a great deal to housing and/or NRHH. Since 2006, 12 faculty/staff have been inducted as honorary members.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Christopher Stroot of O’Fallon, a senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with three majors—Spanish, historical studies and Political science—and a minor in German, won a $5,000 fellowship recently from Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society. Every year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 60 Fellowships of $5,000 each and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. National winners are chosen from nominees from each Phi Kappa Phi chapter. The SIUE chapter nominated Stroot for the national award after he won the $1,000 chapter graduate fellowship award.
An SIUE Chancellor Scholar, Stroot plans to pursue graduate study in history, with a concentration in modern European history and transatlantic relations, at the University of Chicago. Stroot was a member of SIUE’s 2008-2009 Undergraduate Research Academy and presented the results of his project, “European Integration and the Spanish Political System: Internal Agreement and Changes in Policy Making from 1976 to the Present," at the recent URA Symposium. He spent the 2008 Spring Semester studying in Spain and spent a month studying in Germany. Stroot is completing three senior projects, one in Political Science, one in Historical Studies and one in Spanish, and will graduate in May.
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are found on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A group of 15 seniors at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville recently were recognized for their scholarship, campus leadership and community service.
“The Distinguished Senior Award recognizes a team of graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and shown a commitment to leadership and service,” said Kara Shustrin, program specialist from SIUE’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs co-sponsored the awards.
Award eligibility requirements include:
• Graduating in May or August;
• Maintaining a minimum 3.75 cumulative grade point average;
• Engaging in campus leadership;
• Participating in community service initiatives on or off campus.
Students were nominated for the designation by SIUE faculty or staff members. Those selected received recognition in the Alestle; a $50 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore; recognition at a reception in their honor, and a 1-year complimentary membership to the SIUE Alumni Association.
Students selected are:
• Kyle Cameron of East Moline, (nominated by Coach Eileen McAllister, Intercollegiate Athletics,) a kinesiology and health education major in the School of Education;
• Natalie Cronister of Springfield, (nominated by Eva Ferguson, professor of psychology,) a psychology and Spanish major in the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, respectively;
• Bryan Cummiskey of Harrisburg, (nominated by Keith Becherer, Campus Recreation,) a psychology major in the School of Education;
• Trisha Hoffman of Beardstown, (nominated by E. Duff Wrobbel, associate professor of speech communication,) a speech communication major in the College of Arts and Sciences, with an emphasis in public relations;
• Kelsey Hubert of Smithton, (nominated by Steffany Chleboun, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders,) a speech-language pathology and audiology major in the School of Education;
• Ginny Huot of Alexander, (nominated by P. Ann Dirks-Linhorst, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies,) a criminal justice studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences;
• Kimberly Kolweier of Addieville, (nominated by Jean Harrison, chair and associate professor of special education and communication disorders,) a speech-language pathology and audiology major in the School of Education;
• Megan McClure of Taylorville, (nominated by Patrick Murphy, chair and professor of mass communications,) a mass communications major in the College of Arts and Sciences, with an emphasis in journalism;
• Lindsay Sax of Mascoutah, (nominated by Dan Segrist, assistant professor of psychology,) a psychology and speech communication major in the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, respectively;
• Samantha Schulte of Pleasant Prairie, Wis. (nominated by Steffany Chleboun, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders,) a speech-language pathology and audiology major in the School of Education;
• Alyssa Sprague of Argenta, (nominated by Tim Schoenecker, associate professor in the SIUE School of Business,) a business administration major in the School of Business, with an emphasis in management and finance;
• Jessica Stapleton of Chillicothe, (nominated by N. Kay Covington, associate professor of kinesiology and health education,) a kinesiology and health education major in the School of Education, with an emphasis in exercise and wellness;
• Tim Weir of Florissant, Mo., (nominated by Yuping Zeng, assistant professor of management and marketing,) a business administration major in the School of Business, with an emphasis in finance and marketing;
• Emily Wilken of Danforth, (nominated by Sheila Coressel from University Housing,) a Spanish major in the College of Arts and Sciences;
• Mindy Young-Lawson of Bethalto, (nominated by Victoria Scott, director of assessment in the Office of the Provost,) a philosophy and history major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Click on the links for photos of the students. For cut line purposes, in each of the photos (except the mug shot of Trisha Hoffman): (from left) SIUE Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel and SIUE Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul W. Ferguson. When the nominating faculty or staff member is included in the photograph to the right of the student, the individual's name appears as part of the link with the student's name.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) As a young married couple who recently graduated from college in 1965, rural Iowa natives Harlan and Kathy Bengtson decided to join the Peace Corps and spend a couple years in Tanzania, East Africa, teaching high school.
More than 40 years later, 55 letters recording their experiences and observations that were sent to Harlan's parents have been put together in a recently published book titled Tunakumbuka (We Remember): Our Time In Tanzania as Peace Corps Volunteers.
After returning to the U.S., Harlan Bengtson continued his education and pursued a career in higher education. He served as a faculty member in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering from 1975-2002 and dean of the school from 1994-2000.
Harlan Bengtson and his wife decided to put the book together about their experiences working in an isolated boy's boarding school, and traveling East Africa during school breaks, as a gift to share with their children and grandchildren.
He and his wife now have four children and eight grandchildren and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Louise Flick, professor of Family Health and Community Health Nursing in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, is the 2009 winner of the Annette and Henry Baich Research Award from the SIUE Graduate School.
The award is presented annually to a faculty member for the most outstanding Seed Grant for Transitional and Exploratory Projects (STEP) basic research proposal within the scope of activity of the Sigma Xi Society, as determined by the Graduate School’s Research and Development Committee. Professor Flick will receive $1,000 in research support. The award is named for the Baiches who both taught at SIUE—Annette was a professor emerita in the Department of Biological Sciences, who died in December 2005, and Henry was an associate professor emeritus of community dentistry and human behavior at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton. He retired in 1990 after 15 years of service to the University and died in 1997.
Flick, who has been on the Nursing faculty for four years, earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Rochester in 1971, a master of science from the University of Illinois Chicago in 1977, a doctorate in maternal and child health from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1980, and a master’s in psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990.
The STEP grant and Baich Award will provide seed funds to develop the first phase of an adjunct study that will lead to a proposal submission to the National Children’s Study (NCS). In this project, Professor Flick will be studying the influence of psychiatric disorder on prenatal tobacco use and the long-term effects of both phenomena on child growth and development. The research will study 4,000 children already recruited by the NCS’s Gateway Study Center. Prenatal smoking remains prevalent and is the leading preventable risk factor for infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. Psychiatric disorders affect 25-30 percent of pregnancies, contribute to poor birth outcomes and many are highly associated with smoking.
The STEP grant (Phase I) allows formation of a new interdisciplinary team and adaptation and testing of the Computerized Diagnostic Interview Survey-IV to track psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms and tobacco use through three periods in pregnancy and postpartum, submission of a proposal for external funding for a preliminary study (Phase II) to support a later NCS adjunct study application on this topic (Phase III) and development of the design of the adjunct study.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Aldemaro Romero, professor of biological sciences and chair of that department at Arkansas State University, has been named dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences, according to SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson who made the announcement today. Romero will begin his duties at SIUE on July 1. The appointment, pending approval by the SIU Board of Trustees, is the result of a national search led by Search Committee Chair Charles Berger, SIUE professor of English language and literature.
“Dr. Romero will bring approximately 20 years of experience in higher education to SIUE,” Ferguson said, “with particular strengths in forming collaborative academic partnerships within and outside of the University. He also will bring a strong foundation of scholarship applied to teaching, and a clear commitment to professional development of faculty, staff and students."
Before coming to ASU in 2003, Romero served as associate professor and director of the Environmental Studies Program at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., from 1998-2003; as assistant professor of biology at Florida Atlantic University, from 1996-1998; and as executive director and CEO of The Venezuelan Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOMA) in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1986-1994.
Romero earned a doctorate in biology at the University of Miami, Florida, in 1984. An active researcher himself, Romero has authored, co-authored or edited more than 550 publications including widely acclaimed studies on environmental programs as well as books, textbooks, and monographs on cave biology, marine mammals, environmental studies, and history and philosophy of science. Together with Joy Trauth, Romero edited the book Adventures in the Wild: Tales from Biologists from the Natural State (Arkansas University Press), which presents the field and lab experiences of the biology faculty at ASU. He also wrote two chapters for that book, narrating his life-threatening experiences as a field biologist. His two most recent books, Cave Biology: Life in Darkness (Cambridge University Press) and The Fishes of China (Springer), are scheduled to be published in the next few weeks.
Provost Ferguson added that he was thankful for the hard work of the CAS selection committee. “I want to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Berger and members of the Search Committee that included Art Braundmeier, Belinda Carstens-Wickham, Denise Degarmo, David Duvernell, Jennifer Rehg, Eric Ruckh, T.R. Carr, Kyle Stunkel, Rhonda Harper and Prince Wells III for their time and professionalism in bringing this search to a successful conclusion,” Ferguson said.
“Also, I want to especially thank Dr. John Danley for his dedicated service as dean this past year. Dr. Danley provided critical leadership and insight during this year of transition for the College of Arts and Sciences.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Student Art Therapy Association will present its Art of Awareness exhibit which opens May 8 at the Turner Center for the Arts, 3109 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, Mo. “Pinned Together, a collaborative community art project” begins with a reception from 6-8 p.m. that Friday at the Turner Center. The exhibit will feature works by SIUE art therapy and counseling students who have focused on the process of increasing awareness through the creation of art.
The exhibit, which runs through May 15, was curated by Erin Vigneau-Dimick, a member of the SIUE Art and Design faculty. For more information about the May 8 reception or the exhibit, contact Kristen Doecke by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.