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May 2010

Local Medical Student Receives National Head Start Scholarship

28 May 2010, 2:53 pm

Bolajoko Adeniyi has always wanted to assist people who were in need of, but couldn't afford, quality health care. But first the 28-year-old Belleville woman had to take on the high cost of studying medicine. So when the medical student learned that she had won the National Head Start Association's Dr. Scott Harkley Memorial Scholarship, she was grateful for the financial help. Adeniyi is a former participant in the SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program, based at the SIUE East St. Louis Center.

"I have a house worth of loans to pay back," said Adeniyi, who recently won the award which comes with a $1,500 cash prize. Adeniyi was given the award at the recent Annual Head Start Awards Ceremony and Dinner in Dallas, Texas. Adeniyi's name was included in the national competition for the scholarship award after she was selected at the state level. "I was so surprised and excited to win," she said. "The money will certainly be put to good use and will get me that much closer to paying off my loans."

Dr. Scott Harkley Memorial Scholarship candidates are required to be Head Start graduates pursuing medical careers. Adeniyi said she received a great introduction to education as a preschool student at St. Joseph Head Start Center in East St. Louis, where her mother Mary Adeniyi was a volunteer. Her mother currently works at St. Joseph Head Start. "My mother has worked a long time for Head Start, and I volunteered at the Belleville Head Start Center when I was in high school," Adeniyi said. "I love children and we both realize the importance of good education."

Adeniyi is currently a fourth-year student at Ross University School of Medicine. She is finishing clinical work in gynecology at St. Anthony's Hospital in Chicago and is studying for medical board exams. The future doctor graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana/ Champaign in 2004 and worked at the Washington University Medical School Genome Sequencing Center, where she conducted DNA research. As a doctor, Adeniyi plans to help with the medical needs of children and adults and instruct them on good health care practices.

Ruthless! Runs June 10-20 At SIUE; Part Of Summer ShowBiz

28 May 2010, 11:47 am

Mother-daughter relationships can be stressful-think Mama Rose and her daughters in the smash hit musical Gypsy or Christine and her somewhat less than cherubic daughter, Rhoda, in the 1950s drama, The Bad Seed.

However, lyricist Joel Paley and composer Melvin Laird have shown us the comic side of such mother-daughter tensions with their 1992 off-Broadway spoof Ruthless! The Musical, the kick-off production for this year's Summer ShowBiz season opening June 10 in the James F. Metcalf Theater on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Ruthless! The Musical won the 1993 New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and it has been entertaining audiences around the country ever since. The play runs at SIUE at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 10-12 and June 17-19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13 and 20.

SIUE's Summer ShowBiz is part of the Summer Arts program sponsored by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.

With an all-female cast, except for one actor who looks suspiciously like a man, we find Judy Denmark, mother of the talented eight-year-old Tina who declares "I was born to entertain." Enter Sylvia St. Croix, an overbearing and sleazy agent, who encourages Tina to audition for the school play , Pippi in Tahiti, The Musical. However, third-grade teacher and frustrated actress Miss Myrna Thorn, who is directing Pippi, casts an untalented but "parentally" connected girl, Louise Lerman, for the lead, making Tina the frustrated understudy. After "begging nicely and saying please," Tina "accidentally" hangs Louise from the catwalk with a rope so that she can get the part.

"We're doing the play as the playwright intended-a spoof on Broadway musicals and films," says director Peter Cocuzza, who is a professor of theater and dance at the University and chair of that department. "From a theater department perspective, what better play to do than one that makes fun of theater. Ruthless is campy and the audiences may feel like it's not very good acting, but it actually is. It's very stylized, down to the makeup and the costumes, taking a very satirical look at the 1950s and '60s," he said. "The musical also is meant as a comment on that time in America when many families were so picture perfect but we learned later that all was not as it seemed."

Cocuzza said he has a great cast able to convey the humor in the script. "In particular, we have two young actors who are very talented-our Tina Denmark is actually 12-year-old Sarah Hasse of Godfrey, while Louise is portrayed by Melissa Haberl of Waterloo. They are both very cute. The original off-Broadway production," he explained, "had an older woman playing the 14-year-old and then she was double cast as another character later. But I wanted a juxtaposition with the characters, so I cast two actors in those roles."

Cocuzza stressed that the storyline is written as an obvious satire and done in comedic fashion. "You have a young girl who is so sweet but her dark side shows that she's willing to do dastardly deeds to get what she wants." He also points out that the music is very melodic. "The music is easy to listen to; audiences will have a pleasurable experience." Captivated by the score when he heard it in 1993, Cocuzza said he thought it had very catchy tunes with an interesting storyline. "I haven't found any other musicals that tell this kind of story," he said.

"I've been wanting to do this play for more than 15 years, but the opportunity just never presented itself or we couldn't find the right cast. I originally thought we would produce it during the regular academic year but we've had such success in the past with small musicals in the Metcalf during Summer ShowBiz, such as Tomfoolery in 2008, that I thought this was now a good fit. I find that it's the perfect musical to do in the."

He also pointed out that the set for Ruthless is very colorful. "This is a quirky production, with a set that is cleverly done. When the audience walks into the Metcalf they will be excited by the set with all the colors.

"I don't want families to think they can't bring their pre-teens, because they can," Cocuzza said. "There are maybe one or two words that are off-color but it's not meant to be offensive. The play is meant to be in good fun and it's all done in a satirical way. Of course, it's not Seussical, which is the final production of this year's Summer ShowBiz, but Ruthless is an eclectic part of the summer season."

In the photo, Anna Skidis of Glen Carbon, portrays Judy Denmark, while Sarah Hasse of Godfrey plays the part of Judy's daughter, Tina. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

Dremuks' Generosity Helps Establish Two SIUE Graduate Fellowships

26 May 2010, 5:47 pm

The Dremuk-Watts Fellowship in Special Education and also in Finance, aimed at prospective international students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been established through the generosity of Richard Dremuk, retired assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, and his wife, Patricia.

The couple not only helped foster the SIUE international student program more than 20 years ago but also has been among its staunch supporters.

The Dremuk-Watts Fellowship in Special Education will help an international student seeking a master of science in education with an emphasis in special education. The special education master's program is designed for students who already have a teaching certificate in special or general education, and who are seeking advanced professional development in special education.

The Dremuk-Watts Fellowship in Economics and Finance, with a concentration in finance, prepares students for positions as financial analysts and marketing researchers in corporations or government agencies as well as teaching. Students must have completed a baccalaureate or equivalent from an internationally recognized institution of higher learning with a GPA of meeting or exceeding a B-minus.

Dremuk said he and his wife have been helping international students in one way or another for some four decades. "I met my wife at NYU (New York University), where she worked with international students," Dremuk explained. "We've continued to be involved with helping international students for the past 40 years.

"At SIUE, Patricia and I helped develop the International Student Services office, so we established an endowment to fund scholarships for SIUE international students to support academic excellence and to foster leadership skills," Dremuk said. "These newest Fellowships are an extension of that effort."

Ron Schaefer, director of International Programs for the University, said the Dremuk-Watts Fund will encourage the further growth of the international program at SIUE and will help to enhance its reputation internationally. "Scholarship in its various manifestations is a central focus for our international students," he said.

"They have come here to broaden their education and to contribute to the intellectual rigor of our classrooms and laboratories. International students share their cultures and societies with the SIUE community in various ways, such as the International Student Council, International Night, Africa Night, International Week, Global Awareness Week and others," Schaefer said.

Narbeth Emmanuel, SIUE's vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said the Dremuk Fund honors those international students for their contributions to the University's commitment to diversity and campus life. "The Dremuks have been wonderful and true friends of SIUE and especially to our international community," Emmanuel said.

"This gift is an important contribution to what this University stands for."

Two SIUE Scholars Receive Vaughnie Lindsay Awards

26 May 2010, 3:07 pm

Two scholars at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are this year's recipients of the Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Awards, an award aimed at helping promising young faculty members further their research careers.

Edward Navarre, assistant professor of chemistry, and Jason Stacy, assistant professor of historical studies, will each receive one year of support to pursue a major research project in addition to their normal duties as faculty members. The awards recognize young professors who show potential to make significant contributions in their field through creative and empirical investigations. Navarre and Stacy will publish scholarly work and, ideally, receive additional externally sponsored grants to continue the project.

SIUE's Christa Johnson said the new winners were chosen after an arduous evaluation process. "We received many exciting applications, and these two stood out," said Johnson, associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

The two winners have already had impressive publication records in leading journals and publishing houses. Having been evaluated and recommended by their unit research committees and deans, the winners will be expected to "ramp up" their respective research projects, Johnson said. "They're both doing innovative research in their fields. The whole purpose of these New Investigator Awards is to support them so that they can have the chance to become more successful researchers," she said.

Since receiving a doctorate in 2002, Navarre has developed high-level work in the areas of analytical chemistry and atomic spectrometry, publishing in top journals as well as presenting at conferences nationally and internationally. For his Vaughnie Lindsay project, Navarre proposes to develop a portable, automated instrument for elemental analysis in disciplines such as art conservation, forensics, and public health Working with collaborators in SIUE's Department of Electrical Engineering, Navarre's lab will develop a power source and experiment with analytical methods for detecting trace elements in paints and physiological fluids.

The end result will be an energy-efficient, inexpensive, and portable instrument that will allow researchers to extract and analyze samples in the field or in the laboratory. The project not only offers exciting training opportunities for Navarre's students to work on a patentable product, it promises a solution to multidisciplinary problems that may be applied across academic, business and government research labs alike.

Stacy has been teaching in SIUE's Department of Historical Studies since 2006. As a professor of U.S. history, he has worked to establish expertise in antebellum American cultural and intellectual history.

Along with numerous peer-reviewed articles and presentations, Stacy's book, Walt Whitman's Multitudes: Labor Reform and Persona in Whitman's Journalism and the First Leaves of Grass 1840 - 1855 (Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2008) and edited volume, Leaves of Grass 1860: The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition (University of Iowa Press, 2009), have enhanced his reputation as a rising star of Whitman studies.

Stacy's project focuses on his next book, The Future's Past: Experimental Histories in the Early American Republic. Stacy will trace the sometimes ambivalent and tense relationship between popular and professional history to the 1830s and 1840s, when Americans first began to wrestle with contested memories of their origins. The book explores how contemporary authors negotiated popular and traditional historical writing to create a particularly American history of the nation's origins.

The Award was created to honor Vaughnie J. Lindsay, who served as the dean of Graduate Studies and Research from 1973-1986 and who began the strong support of faculty research that continues today. Funding comes from private donations by faculty and emeritus faculty as well as the SIUE Graduate School, and collaborative funding from the awardees' respective school or college.

SIUE Yearbook Now Available In Digital Collection

25 May 2010, 4:14 pm

The SIUE yearbook, Muse, was first published in 1961, continuing annually through 1971. The majority of that time, Mildred Arnold, who was editor of SIUE's Alumnus magazine for many years until she died in 1997, was advisor to the student staff that produced the Muse. Arnold herself was a trained journalist.

Original copies of the yearbook have been maintained in the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and Special Collections at SIUE's Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library for many years. The Muse has become available recently as a Lovejoy Library digital collection for the first time at the website:

The digital collection points out that on May 24, 1960, then- SIUE Director of Student Affairs Howard V. Davis announced the appointment of students to serve as staff members on a new University yearbook and a new campus newspaper that would later become The Alestle.

According to the digital collection, a student newspaper, the ARC, had been produced at the Alton Residence Center, the former Shurtleff College facility in Alton (now the SIU School of Dental Medicine). "In anticipation of the completion of the new central campus, the students of the East St. Louis and the Alton residence centers had decided to establish a common yearbook and a common newspaper that would serve the Edwardsville community on a continuing basis," the digital collection points out.

It continues: "The initial issue of the Muse yearbook, covering the 1960-1961school year, appeared during the second week of June 1961. The Muse continued to be published each year between 1961 and 1971, a total of 11 volumes in all."

Steve Kerber, University archivist and special collections librarian at Lovejoy, proposed the digitization of the SIUE yearbooks. "(Library and Information Services) Dean (Regina) McBride initiated a digitization program for the library's special collections," Kerber explained in an interview. "We now have several Lovejoy Library digital collections available.

"Digitizing the Muse is one project in a series," Kerber said. "I specifically suggested the Muse because the yearbooks are very meaningful to the people who went to school here at that time but they also are very useful historic resources in identifying people and events at that era."

Kerber pointed out that the digitization program began during the 50 th Anniversary of the University in 2007, and the Muse was added to the queue, awaiting its turn among several other collections at the library. "Even though they are typical yearbooks," Kerber said, "they are filled with wonderful historical background for us now, with photos and text that give a perspective of life at this institution at the time.

"These yearbooks have been studied frequently by alums while faculty members have used them as research resources for students in classes."

Donna Bardon of Edwardsville, one of the student staffers for three editions, as well as editor of the 1966 edition, wrote in a brief history on the website that the first yearbook staffs "struggled with a way to establish an identity separate from the main campus in Carbondale, (but) they also tried to present balanced reporting between the Alton and the East St. Louis campuses.

Bardon noted that the acknowledgements (in the Muse editions) "mentioned that Mildred Arnold, a writer at what was then known as SIUE University News Service, donated her time freely to the Muse, which included 'prodding the staff to meet deadlines as well as making sure the staff wasn't hungry.' Charlie Cox, University photographer, also was acknowledged for his work."

Bardon said in a separate interview that the Arnolds would invite the staff three weeks out of every academic quarter to their large home in Edwardsville. "Although we would work throughout a weekend with little sleep, we had great fun," Bardon remembered. "They had plenty of bedrooms, so we would stay there the entire weekend.

"In 1964, George, who was Mildred's husband, was working on his doctorate at the house and he must have been a saint to put up with us. We would have papers spread around on the living room floor as well as the parlor and the dining room," Bardon said. "He had to move his research to the basement.

"The note of appreciation in the 1964 Muse gave special thanks to George, for 'pleasantly putting up with a houseful of college students' while he was completing his doctoral dissertation and working full-time." George Arnold died earlier this year at the age of 93.

Bardon also wrote in the essay that the yearbook staff planned a dance and a Miss Muse contest to promote sales of the 1963 Muse, which sold for $3. She continued: "the yearbook mentioned the difficulty student staff members had covering three campus locations, meeting deadlines and keeping up with their academic work.

"That year the Muse received a First Class Award from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP)," she noted. It was the first of many to come."

In the interview, Bardon noted that she valued her three years on the yearbook staff at SIUE. "The 1966 issue that I edited included a photo essay of the move from the residence centers to the main campus at Edwardsville, which opened in 1965," she pointed out. "I was very proud of that issue."

It also won an All American award, the top honor given by the ACP. "Producing such a large publication was a significant responsibility for students; not only did we gain valuable writing and editing skills, but we also the learned the importance of meeting deadlines," Bardon said

"I enjoyed my time on the staff because of the fun and camaraderie of working with other students. It also gave me a sense of the University's history."

Bardon commended the Lovejoy Library administration for including the Muse in the digitization program. "I appreciate that the library chose the Muse for the digitization," she said. "It will mean more alumni will have access to its pages."

Kerber pointed out that the political and social upheaval in 1971 and the years leading up to the volatile 1970s, may have helped in the demise of the Muse. "My understanding is that it succumbed to the changing viewpoints of the day and to economics," Kerber said. "In the late '60s and the early '70s there were tensions over the war in Vietnam, civil rights, women's rights, and enthusiasm for purchasing a traditional yearbook waned, so the decision was made."

Kerber said other projects being considered for the digitization program at Lovejoy are past academic catalogues. "We regularly hear from graduates who are applying to graduate programs at other schools and the catalogues often give them a better description of the classes they took at SIUE than the brief course titles on their academic transcripts."

He also pointed out that the old Alumnus magazine, published for nearly 30 years, and The Observer, an internal newsletter, also published for nearly 30 years, are likely future candidates for digitization.

Noted SIU/SDM Grad To Speak At June 5 Dental Commencement

25 May 2010, 3:31 pm

Dr. Samuel E. Lynch, founder, president and CEO of BioMimetic Therapeutics, will be the guest speaker at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU/SDM) commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5. Dr. Lynch graduated from the SIU/SDM in 1985.

Forty-five students-some 18 with honors-will receive a doctor of dental medicine (DMD) at the event in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIU Edwardsville's Morris University Center. A reception for students, faculty and family members will follow the ceremony.

After receiving a DMD from the SIU/SDM and a certificate of specialty in periodontology-as well as a D.M.Sc. from Harvard Medical School in 1989-Lynch served on the faculty at Harvard School of Dental Medicine from 1989 to 1995. During this period he also served as the executive director of research and development at the Institute of Molecular Biology, a private institute affiliated with Harvard.

From 1995-1999 he served as vice president of a U.S. subsidiary of Daiichi-Sankyo Inc. with full P&L responsibility for the development, sales and marketing of that company's tissue regeneration products.

BioMimetic Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on the development of recombinant protein therapeutic-device combination products for the repair and regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues, including bone, cartilage, tendon and ligaments.

With nearly 100 full-time employees, BioMimetic markets one FDA-approved combination product for bone and periodontal regeneration and additional regenerative products for orthopedic applications in late stage clinical development in the United States, Canada and Europe.

In addition to his business accomplishments, Dr. Lynch has a strong scientific background. He is recognized worldwide as an authority in the biological principles and clinical applications of tissue engineering, combining protein therapeutics with tissue specific biomaterials.

He has published extensively, including some of the highest impact articles in the tissue repair and periodontal fields over the past 20 years, given hundreds of invited lectures, and has authored numerous issued patents, obtained National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, served as a reviewer on NIH study sections as well as for many scientific journals.

He also is the lead editor of both the first and second editions of Tissue Engineering: Applications in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Periodontics (Quintessence Publishing, 1999; second edition, 2007).

P. Geiger Is Employee Of The Month For May

25 May 2010, 2:20 pm

Congratulations: Paula Geiger, collection specialist in the SIUE Office of the Bursar, is the May recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Geiger (center) received the award from Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher (second from right). Also shown is Human Resources Director Sherrie Senkfor (far right); Terri Huneidi (second from left), who nominated Geiger; and SIUE Bursar Catherine Foland. In addition to the plaque Geiger was presented, she was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations, and parking close to her office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

Two Students Receive Staff Senate Scholarships

24 May 2010, 5:08 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Staff Senate recently awarded $500 scholarships to each of two Collinsville residents-Bonnie Brueggemann (center), who will graduate in August with a bachelor's in English language and literature, and Joel Niemerg (second from right), who is studying psychology at SIUE. Brueggemann's parents are Tom Brueggemann, assistant director of the SIUE Office of Emergency Management and Safety, and Deborah Brueggemann, an office administrator in the SIUE School of Business (third and fourth from left, respectively). Niemerg's wife, Jennifer (at far right), is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice for the SIUE School of Pharmacy. The two students won the awards under the Staff Senate Scholarship program which provides scholarships to spouses, children or grandchildren of SIUE staff members. Also in the photo are Melanie Schoenborn, chair of the Staff Senate Scholarship Committee, and Jesse Harris, Staff Senate treasurer and a member of the Scholarship Committee (at far left and second from left, respectively). Fourth from right is Staff Senate President Brian Lotz and third from right is SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)


21 May 2010, 5:21 pm


  • Brink Chance joined the University April 1 as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Leslie Daugherty joined the University April 1 as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Brian Harward, associate professor of political science, left the University May 15 to accept a position elsewhere
  • Eric Lichtenberger, a post-doctoral fellow with the Illinois Educational Research Council at SIUE, was named a clinical research professor April 16
  • Mark Schoenherr joined the University April 1 as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Cheryle Tucker-Loewe, acting director of the Office of Academic Advising and Counseling, was named director May 16.

SIUE Meridian Scholars Chosen From Area High Schools

17 May 2010, 12:49 pm

Several high school seniors from Illinois, Missouri and other states have accepted Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor's Scholarships and Presidential Scholarships-part of the Meridian Scholars Program-to enter SIUE in the fall semester.

Each year, SIUE makes available the scholarships, which cover tuition, fees, and room and board for four years. SIUE's Meridian Scholars Program encompasses the Chancellor's Scholarships, offered to students with strong academic ability and a record of personal achievement, leadership and service, and the Presidential Scholars, 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."

Since 1957, SIUE has prepared students to become leaders in their community and professionals in their fields of study. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a nationally recognized public university offering a broad choice of degrees and programs ranging from career-oriented fields of study to the essential, more traditional, liberal arts.

Known for an emphasis in health science education, SIUE offers a nursing school, pharmacy school and dental school. Additionally undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates are available in engineering programs, business programs, elementary education programs and secondary education programs.

Additional information about scholarship opportunities is available on-line:

Meridian Scholars are listed below in alpha order:

Presidential Scholarships
Charmaine Burrus Triad High School in Troy
Caleb Butler Mascoutah HS
Sarah Cook Quincy Notre Dame HS
Jordyn Harriger Urbana HS
Maeve Juenger Waterloo HS
Megan Lading Triad HS
Jacob Mahr Macomb HS
Sarah Marcotte Herscher HS
Erica Metheney Marissa Junior-Senior HS
Christopher Sobrino O'Fallon Township HS
Chancellor's Scholarship
Crystal Chatfield Triad HS
Cierra Corby Staunton Community HS
Peter Gillen Lincoln Community HS
Kourtney Hake Nashville Community HS
Alexa Hillery Alton HS
Tiffany Maglasang Columbia HS
Leslie Smith Belleville Township East HS


Brian Heger St. Francis Borgia Regional HS in Pacific.
Clarke Hurt Princeton HS
Courtney Doole Topeka HS

SIUE Pharmacy Grad From Virden Shows Appreciation For Her Mom

14 May 2010, 10:05 am

Morissa LeAnn Reynolds recently graduated from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy and to show her appreciation to her Mom she did something very special. Visit the Springfield State-Journal Register on-line to read Dave Bakke's heartfelt article about what Morissa did for her Mom. Visit

'Da-Dum-Dun' Festival To Honor Three Talents Who Had Ties To ESL

13 May 2010, 7:13 pm

"Da-Dum-Dun," a free family festival honoring three talented people who had an impact on-and were influenced by-East St. Louis, will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in Room 2083 of Bldg. B on the Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Dr., East St. Louis. The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club, affiliated with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of English Language and Literature, is coordinating and sponsoring the event. Redmond is an SIUE professor emeritus

The trio-the late legendary trumpeter Miles Dewey Davis III, who was raised in East St. Louis; the late poet Henry Lee Dumas, who taught for SIUE in the city; and the late venerated choreographer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham, who taught for SIUE and who considered East St. Louis her artistic home-will be celebrated in jazz, with saxophonist Kendrick Smith and pianist Brian Harrison; poetry, featuring Michael Castro, Roscoe Crenshaw, Byron Lee, Susan Lively, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy, Lena Weathers, Treasure Williams, Jaye Willis and Redmond himself; and dance, with Theo Jamison, director of SIUE's East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition, "DavisDumasDunham," a multimodal exhibit from the EBR Collection and curated by Al Henderson II, will be featured.

Born in Alton in 1926 and raised in East St. Louis, Davis graduated from Lincoln Senior High School and joined Lincoln classmate Eugene Haynes Jr. at New York's Julliard School. A trumpeter whose career began with greats like Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Davis is revered around the globe as a leader and re-shaper of musical tastes and styles. For several decades, his father, Dr. Miles Dewey Davis, practiced dentistry in East St. Louis and raised prize-winning horses and hogs on a family farm in nearby Millstadt. His sister, Dorothy Davis Wilburn, and brother, Vernon Davis, died in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Miles Davis died in 1991. Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural journal co-published by SIUE and the EBR Writers Club, has in past editions featured poetry and photographs honoring Davis.

A native of Sweet Home, Ark, Dumas was born in 1934 and grew up in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. He came to East St. Louis as a teacher-counselor for SIUE's Experiment in Higher Education (EHE) program in 1967. At EHE, he mentored local poet Sherman L. Fowler and was a colleague of Eugene B. Redmond, now his literary executor. Dumas wrote hundreds of stories and poems before his untimely death at age 33. Toni Morrison called him "a genius, an absolute genius." Patron saint of the EBR Writers Club, Dumas' writings has appeared in multiple issues of Drumvoices Revue. Among his posthumously published books are Ark of Bones, Knees of a Natural Man, Rope of Wind and Other Stories, and Echo Tree. His poetry about the city has appeared in Drumvoices.

For 30 years, Miss Dunham (1909-2006), a native of Joliet, performed in more than 60 countries in her lifetime. During the 1940s, she choreographed and/or starred in movies and stage productions such as Stormy Weather and Cabin in the Sky. Moving to East St. Louis in 1967, she taught with Dumas and Redmond in the EHE program and founded the Performing Arts Training Center at the old SIUE East St. Louis Center and now located on the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus (ESLHEC), 601 Jr. Thompson Blvd. Katherine Dunham Hall on the SIUE campus also is named in her honor. East St. Louis's adopted matriarch was the first African-American dancer to choreograph for the New York City Metropolitan Opera ( Aida) and has been the subject of several volumes of Drumvoices.

Founded in 1986 and chartered by Fowler, Roy and Redmond, the EBR Writers Club meets on the first and third Tuesday, September-May, in Room 2083 of Bldg. B in the ESLHEC. Trustees include poets-dramatists Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka. For more information about the EBR Club or area cultural-literary activities, call (618) 650-3991 or write the EBR Writers Club, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62201, or by e-mail:

SIU Board Of Trustees Approves SIUE Tuition Rates For AY10-11

13 May 2010, 3:52 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees approved a tuition plan today for the 2010-11 Academic Year that calls for no increase in the 2009-10 in-state tuition rate or the tuition rate for the SIUE Graduate School. In other words, new undergraduate students and graduate students entering SIU Edwardsville this fall will pay the same annual tuition as new freshmen and graduate students paid in fall 2009.

In addition, the board also approved other tuition change proposals that would mean an increase for continuing undergraduate students and students in the accelerated nursing bachelor's program as well as students in the Schools of Dental Medicine and Pharmacy. The overall tuition proposal was passed during the board's regular meeting conducted on the SIU dental school campus in Alton.

Under the guidelines approved today, the annual tuition rate will be $6,201 for new undergraduate students entering this coming fall. Continuing undergraduate students will pay $5,227.50 in tuition for AY2010-11, an increase of $469.50 over AY09-10. Students in the SIUE Graduate School will pay $6,012 in tuition, the same as last year.

The new plan also calls for a $19,674 annual tuition rate for the SIUE School of Pharmacy, a $24,910 annual tuition rate at the SIU School of Dental Medicine and $17,286 over 67 credit hours for the accelerated BSN program. Pharmacy students currently are paying $17,466 annually, while dental students currently are paying $23,284 annually. Accelerated BSN students are currently paying $16,783.50 tuition over 67 hours.

SIUE Athletics, Pharmacy IT Fee Changes Approved By BOT

13 May 2010, 3:48 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees approved changes today in the Intercollegiate Athletics Fee and the Pharmacy Student Information Technology Fee, both at SIU Edwardsville. The fee changes were approved by the Board at its regular meeting conducted at on the SIU dental school campus in Alton.

Under the Intercollegiate Athletics Fee change proposal, a full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 15 hours or more) for fall will pay $156.20 per semester as opposed to the current $146.20. In approving the athletics fee proposal, the board learned that the change will support the third-year 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 $235 to be paid per semester compared with the $225 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.

SIUE Fee, Rental Rate Change Voted By SIU Board Of Trustees

13 May 2010, 3:42 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved fee-related changes that will affect the SIU Edwardsville campus for the 2010-11 Academic Year, including changes in the student fees for Information Technology and the Student Success Center. Other student fee changes approved include those for the Student Fitness Center, the Student Welfare and Activity (SWAF) and Facilities. The fee changes were approved by the Board at its regular meeting conducted on the SIU dental school campus in Alton.

Other University fees were not changed for the 2010-11 Academic Year: the Textbook Rental fee, the Morris University fee, the Campus Housing Activity fee and the School of Nursing Program fee.

For a full-time undergraduate student (15 credit hours), the Student Success Center fee will change from its current rate of $67.80 per semester to $72.60 per semester in the fall. The center provides 68,000 square feet of space for all student services in one central location, adjacent to the Morris University Center. The Information Technology fee will change from $6.45 per credit hour to $6.55, resulting in a full-time undergraduate student paying $196.50 annually (two academic semesters of 15 hours each) compared with $193.50 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 changes in other student fees that were approved today:

Annually (for a full-time student enrolled in 15 hours or more during fall and spring)

FY10 FY11 Change

• SWAF $202.40 $214.50 +$12.10

• Student Fitness Ctr. $152.60 $157.60 +$ 5.00

• Facilities Maint. $510.00 $525.00 +$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 plan, rental rates for a shared room at Woodland, Prairie and Bluff residence halls will be $2,485 per semester compared with the current charge of $2,345. A deluxe single room will cost $9,940 annually compared with $9,380 now. Housing rates at Evergreen Hall will be $5,280 annually for a shared apartment compared with $7,050 for a private apartment or a private suite rate of $5,980 annually. 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 $3,780 annually for a shared room compared with $3,670 paid currently per year, while a single room will cost $5,610 annually compared with $5,450 now. A deluxe single room will be assessed at $7,560 per year compared with $7,340 per year now. Families in Cougar Village, now paying $905 per month for a two-bedroom, unfurnished apartment, will pay $930 in the fall and $960 in fall 2011. The same family paying $1,030 per month now for a furnished two-bedroom apartment will pay $1,090 per month in fall and $1,125 in fall 2011. Families in a three-bedroom unfurnished apartment now paying $1,020 per month will pay $1,050 per month in fall and $1,080 in fall 2011; a three-bedroom furnished is now $1,190 per month and will be $1,225 in fall and $1,260 in fall 2011.

SIUE To Host International Math Conference

11 May 2010, 9:17 am

Nearly 100 mathematicians from around the globe will participate in the Sixth Conference on Functional Spaces, which will take place on the SIUE campus between May 18 and 22. The conference will focus on function algebras, Banach algebras and isometries of function spaces, among other topics. Department of Mathematics and Statistics Chairman and Distinguished Research Professor Krzysztof Jarosz is organizing the event, which has been held at SIUE since its inception.

"This conference will feature world experts, but also include young mathematicians, even graduate students," Jarosz said. "There will be more than 60 lectures taking place during the conference. As in previous conferences, we plan to publish the proceedings with the American Mathematical Society." Attendees from more than 30 countries have registered for the event, including Slovenia, Japan, South Africa and India, to name a few. On-campus housing will be provided. "In addition to providing research benefits for the mathematical community, the conference also will attract more graduate students to our campus and promote our University," he said.

The conference has received funding support from the National Science Foundation, SIUE's Graduate School, and the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit the website:

East St. Louis Head Start Teacher Wins National Award

10 May 2010, 3:54 pm

Sybifelita Cox takes time out after class with St. Joseph Head Start students Demarian Buchanan (left) and Devin Taylor (right). (SIUE Photo by ESL Center Public Relations Department)

Sybilfelita Cox's love for children is the driving force for her unapologetically pushing past the limits. Winning a national teacher award was quite beside the point for the long-time Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start instructor. "I make it my business to go beyond what is required for the purpose of helping kids learn, think and do for themselves," said Cox, winner of the National Head Start Association Teacher of the Year Award 2010. The award was presented to Cox on May 6 at the Annual Head Start Award Ceremony and Dinner in Dallas, Texas.

The national recognition came on the heels of Cox receiving the 2009/2010 Illinois Head Start Teacher of the Year in March. "I love working with children who have special needs, because I believe every child is teachable. I have seen those same kids learn and excel by the end of the school year," said Cox, a Head Start teacher for 32 years. Once when there was a child in the teacher's class who had no hands, Cox worked diligently with the child's mother in helping him learn how to use prosthetics.
For the preschooler, Cox feels learning should encompass more than Play-Doh and building blocks. In fact, she places such a high value on history that she prides herself on exposing the children to black history all year long. More specifically, she injects a black history fact into her weekly lessons. Her classroom features posters of notable figures such as The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama.
"I want the children to learn about people who look like them and hear how they overcame great odds," she said. "I believe black history gives the children a great sense of pride."
Lutricia West, the coordinator at the St. Joseph Head Start Center in East St. Louis, describes Cox as a reflection of the SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start mission and its commitment and loyalty to students. Among other duties, Cox plans center-wide educational activities, opens the building daily and performs monthly fire drills. According to West, Cox has been nothing but an asset to the St. Joseph Head Start. Cox says her work as a preschool instructor is one of the most important things she will ever do. "A child's first teacher away from home can make a critical and lasting impression," the Head Start teacher said. "I want to arm these children with the best possible start to education."

The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program provides children of low-income families with comprehensive services to meet their educational, social-emotional and health needs. Hazel Mallory is the program director.

Ceremony Honors SIU Faculty Who Became U.S. Citizens

10 May 2010, 11:29 am
SIU faculty among 93 who became U.S. citizens

Some faculty become citizens

At a recent ceremony at the Regency Conference Center in O'Fallon, 93 immigrants became U.S. citizens, including several faculty members from the Southern Illinois University campuses of Edwardsville and Carbondale.

Single Stream System Expected To Make Recycling Easier At SIUE

7 May 2010, 2:27 pm

Administrators at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are introducing a new way to make recycling more convenient for the University community.

In an attempt to encourage recycling, the University's Department of Facilities Management has switched from a pre-sort recycling system, where items are separated by type plastic, aluminum and paper to a no-sort system. Items now are simply placed in recycle bins together. The University has contracted with Allied Waste Services to transport the recyclable goods off campus.

"The recycling now will be sorted off site," said Steve Brandenburg, assistant director for building services and grounds in the SIUE Department of Facilities Management. "It's much easier for our people to pick up one container instead of three. And it's easier for the faculty, staff and students to drop their recycled items into one container and not worry about whether they put the contents into the correct one."

Members of the University community still will be responsible for making sure recyclable items are properly dumped and rinsed, and have not been contaminated by non-recyclable items.

"We want people to know about this change because it will make it easier for them to recycle," Brandenburg said. "We don't want it to be a chore. We want it to be easy."

The system the University has implemented is one that is common in other universities and school systems, Brandenburg said, adding that it employee efficiency and hopefully will lead to an increase in recycled goods from campus.

Recyclable items include aluminum cans, soda, water and flavored beverage bottles and paper fiber items, including newspapers and inserts, cardboard, brown paper bags, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, office, computer, notebook and gift wrap paper, carrier stock including soft-drink and water-bottle carrying cases, mail, junk mail, envelopes and paperback books.

Items that cannot be recycled include plastic sleeves, waxed cardboard, metal clips, notebook spirals or binders, plastic cards, stick-on labels, unused stamps and hard-cover books.

Some changes that Facilities Management has made have resulted in a 40 percent increase in paper recycling in 2 months.

For more information, call Facilities Management, (618) 650-3711, or visit

SIUE Pain Summit Recommendations Announced Today

6 May 2010, 3:31 pm

The advisory council of the Pharmacy Pain and Palliative Care Summit, conducted last fall by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, today released its 40-page list of recommendations about how to enhance pain management training for pharmacists. The recommendations were release at the 29 th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society in Baltimore.

According to Chris Herndon, an assistant professor at the SIUE School, the pain summit was the first of its kind within the profession. "These recommendations are geared toward how we prepare pharmacists, as well as those already practicing, to deal with pain and symptom management, a course of training not offered at all pharmacy schools," Herndon said.

"We have found that the SIUE School of Pharmacy is one of the few schools in the United States that offers specialized training in this area."

Herndon, who coordinated the summit at SIUE in October, explained that the pain summit advisory council is calling for enhancement of pain management training for all pharmacy schools and post-graduate training programs. "The recommendations are aimed at schools that are training pharmacists, state boards that license pharmacists and organizations that accredit pharmacy schools," he said. "Adopting these recommendations would result in pharmacists becoming more of an active participant in treating these patients. Through improved education, pharmacists have the opportunity to contribute to the alleviation of pain and related symptoms," Herndon said.

Herndon pointed out that especially in some lower income areas pharmacists have either refused to stock certain pain medications or provide these medications for fear of contributing to addiction. These situations have been documented throughout certain regions of the country," he said. "We have to be cognizant if someone is abusing the pain medication but we also have to recognize that a patient's use of pain medication doesn't necessarily mean they're a drug addict.

Herndon said the pain summit advisory council represents an impressive array of health care professionals as well as representatives from pain and palliative care related professional organizations, including physicians who are well versed in pain and palliative care. "We can now take these recommendations to state boards around the country and show how pharmacy training needs to be beefed up in pain management." Herndon said the advisory council's plan is to further the recommendations on an international basis. Visit the website- the full list of recommendations.

SIUE Wastewater Facility Nominated For Statewide Recognition

6 May 2010, 11:09 am

The SIUE wastewater facility on the northwest edge of campus was nominated as one of the "Best Operated Wastewater Treatment Works" among 257 Group Two plants in the state. Group Two plants are those servicing smaller towns or facilities. SIUE was one of seven plants to be nominated for the award by the Illinois EPA (IEPA) Division of Water Pollution Control. The winner was the Village of Warren. "It was a great honor just to be nominated," said Robert Washburn, director of SIUE Facilities Management. "Members of our staff at the wastewater plant are dedicated to an efficiently run operation. Hats off to them."

According to the IEPA, "The purpose of the annual awards is to emphasize the relationship between adequate wastewater treatment and clean receiving waters and to give public recognition and encouragement to communities, their officials and the operating personnel who have operated their wastewater facilities in an especially effective manner." Inspection teams made up of Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators and IEPA representatives visited all of the nominated facilities in the Group Two category before choosing a winner.

SIUE Receives $572K NSF Grant For Microscopes In CAS

6 May 2010, 10:37 am

Mike Shaw and Julie Holt

The National Science Foundation has awarded $572,417 to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences to purchase two, state-of-the-art microscopes to be used by SIUE researchers in Anthropology, Biological Sciences and Chemistry. The bulk of this grant will be used to purchase infrared and Raman microscopes. Grant project director Julie Holt, an associate professor of anthropology and chair of that department, said the new equipment will enhance research in a variety of areas. In addition to the two microscopes, the grant will be used to purchase published spectral libraries to aid in classification of materials.

"These are not the kind (of microscopes) used in high school biology," Holt explained. "Raman and infrared microscopy allows us to look at a sample and see its unique molecular fingerprint. This allows us to compare multiple samples and see what they are made of, what's in them, if they come from the same source, or if they have the same origin."

The microscopes should arrive by September; their care and use will be overseen by the SIUE Department of Chemistry, with access available to students in chemistry, biological sciences and anthropology. "This will provide students with an advantage in their studies," Holt said. "These microscopes will enable cutting edge research not just in Illinois archaeology and Native American studies, but more broadly they will enable study of archaeological and ethnographic materials from around the world that are curated by The University Museum at SIUE. Students engaged in this research will have a rare opportunity and will be building a solid foundation for their future, whether in an applied field such as cultural resource management or in a doctorate program elsewhere," Holt said. Once SIUE's new Science Complex is completed, the microscopes will be moved into the new building.

In the field of anthropology and archaeology, the microscopes will be valuable because they do not destroy the samples. Holt's research compares prehistoric pottery sherds with those from other archaeological field sites in Illinois. "In the past, archaeologist have made comparisons like this based primarily on the style of pottery," Holt said. "Raman and infrared microscopy will show if the clays and paints used to make the pots actually come from the same source-if they have the same molecular fingerprints, then they were made in the same place," Holt explained. She added that this type of examination allows researchers to tell the patterns of trade and migration in the prehistory of Illinois.

Assistant Anthropology Professor Cory Willmott also will put the new equipment to use, Holt said. "She will be looking at dyes and pigments on samples of Native American textiles and other artifacts from museums around the world to build new spectral libraries of historic color agents. This will enable museum professionals internationally to identify and date artifacts that have no provenance. For example, Willmott will try to discover if lead used in smoking pipes poisoned the 18th and 19th century Native Americans who used them.

SIUE Professors from other disciplines also will use the microscopes for various research projects. Assistant Biological Sciences Professor Luci Kohn will study heavy metal pollutants in animal tissues, which has applications for human health. Huichun "Judy" Zhang, assistant professor of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences will study metal pollutants in soils, while Chemistry Professor Michael Shaw will examine the HNO molecule and its identification and characterization. Shaw said that his goal is to improve the understanding of the physiological role of the HNO fragment. "HNO is a key molecule in biological processes. (It is) extremely elusive. (We are) going to try to make it and detect it before it disappears. (We) try to see what it looks like in biological processes," Shaw explained. He also is serving as co-director of the grant.

NSF grants are highly competitive with only a little more than 25 percent of the 40,000 proposals awarded each year. The interdisciplinary nature of the project was probably the reason why the SIUE grant was funded, Shaw said.

Holt pointed out that writing the grant was a collaborative process. "At the most basic level, our colleagues in Chemistry have promised to show us how to use the equipment and interpret the results. In addition, writing the grant showed us other ways in which our research interests intersect, opening the door for future collaboration." Shaw echoed Holt's thoughts on the ides of cooperation in the College of Arts and Sciences. "(This could be) the start of beautiful collaborations," he said. "The chemistry department has instruments that other departments don't know about and can be utilized with them."

More Than 1,820 Eligible To Graduate During Spring Commencement

6 May 2010, 12:00 am

The two-day Spring Commencement at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is scheduled for Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8. A total of 1,824 students are eligible to graduate during spring SIUE's commencement ceremonies for the School of Nursing, the School of Business and the Graduate School at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 7; the School of Education and the Graduate School at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8; undergraduates of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), 1 p.m. Saturday; and the schools of Pharmacy and Engineering, the Graduate School and CAS graduate students only, at 5 p.m. Saturday, all in SIUE's Vadalabene Center.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, the SIUE School of Pharmacy will conduct its annual hooding ceremony for graduating candidates in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. This will be the second 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 Charles Tosovsky, president of Home Nursery Inc., an award-winning leader in producing field and container-grown nursery stock and roses. Ralph Korte, who founded Korte Construction Co., a highly successful firm in Highland that has grown to become a national company, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Korte will receive the award and give the commencement address at the 9 a.m. and the 1 p.m. ceremonies on Saturday, May 8.

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.

Tosovsky has been a dedicated business owner and active community participant for decades. Home Nursery, founded in 1921, continues to be a family owned and operated business, serving a 12-state territory. Tosovsky is past president of the Illinois Green Industry Association (1980), a current member of the Edwardsville Rotary Club, and a sustaining member of the Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation, donating toward various funds and scholarships in support of the community.

His contributions are both present and future-oriented, as exemplified by the April 2008 establishment of the Chuck and Jean Tosovsky Family Fund for the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) in support of research and special projects that will perpetuate the horticultural industry for future generations. A strong proponent of higher education who has contributed a great deal of time and support to SIUE for more than 30 years, Tosovsky has been a member of the SIUE Foundation Board of Directors since 1977, serving as president from 1995-1997, and is currently a senior director.

Korte served as chairman of the Board of the Korte Company, an eco-conscious construction company, until his retirement in November 2008. He launched the company in 1958 and subsequently enrolled at SIUE. A strong supporter of the value of higher education, Korte pursued his own education on nights and weekends through the SIUE School of Business, graduating with a bachelor of science in 1968. The Korte Company has grown into a nationally recognized industry leader with more than 1,600 projects completed across the nation, including office buildings, schools, munitions plants, stadiums and more.

Korte also has been involved in the creation and implementation of a number of new initiatives on the SIUE campus. Guided by his passion for learning and helping others, Korte was instrumental in promoting the idea for the Department of Construction Management in the SIUE School of Engineering. He believes business skills, combined with strong construction and design knowledge, are essential to creating leaders in the construction industry.

Subsequent projects included the construction of SIUE's Ralph Korte Stadium; the donation of the Ralph and Donna Korte Classroom in the SIUE School of Business; the creation of the Ralph and Donna Korte Fund for Leadership and Innovation in Business Education in 1999; and the launch of the SIUE Construction Leadership Institute in 2004. Four years later, the Korte Company established the Ralph Korte Endowed Scholarship for students entering the Construction Management Program at SIUE. He and his wife, Donna, also helped fund SIUE's B. Barnard Birger Hall; subsequently, a wing of the building is named in their honor.

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A. Matejka Receives William and Margaret Going Endowed Professorship

5 May 2010, 4:26 pm

A. Matejka & CAS Dean Aldemaro Romero

The year 2010 is proving to be very busy for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature Adrian Matejka, who recently received the 2010 William and Margaret Going Award Endowed Professorship from SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences. He called it "an incredible honor" to be selected for the award. "Professor (Emeritus of English Language and Literature) Eugene B. Redmond caught me up to speed on the history of the award," Matejka said. "Professor Going was one of the founders of the University and of the Department of English, so I just hope that I can live up to all that the award entails."

William Going established an endowment to fund the professorship in honor of his wife Margaret and himself in 2000 . Going began his career at SIUE in its first year, teaching at what was then known as the Alton Residence Center on the old Shurtleff College campus, which was used by SIU for classes and is now the SIU School of Dental Medicine. He served as the first dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs before returning to teaching literature at SIUE until his retirement in 1980. He died in 2008.

The award recognizes faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences who have outstanding teaching and scholarly accomplishments and/or have engaged in creative activity. The award is open to all full-time, tenure-track faculty and carries a stipend of $10,000. The endowed professorship lasts for one year and awardees provide a public lecture at the end of the appointed time. The selection committee stated "Professor Matejka has done a tremendous amount of work in his specialty area and is gaining a national reputation. His plans to bring his work to public attention were outstanding and include readings at SIUE, Chicago, Atlanta and New York."

As part of the application process, nominees outline their planned future work. Matejka's will be "Poetry for the People," a series of visits to Historically Black Colleges and Universities where he will work with professors and instructors to create mini-seminars in poetry with small groups of students. as inspired by poet and educator June Jordan. Jordan asserted that poetry is for everyone, "…teachers, plumbers, lawyers, couch potatoes-anyone who uses language thoughtfully," Matejka said.

"Through these workshops and readings, I hope to help foster a different appreciation for poetry within the communities."

This has been a year of accomplishment so far for Matejka. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the poetry division earlier this year. Among his other achievements, Matejka is a Cave Canem fellow and has won two Literary Awards from the Illinois Arts Council. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming in such literary journals, magazines, and anthologies including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Prairie Schooner.

"It is only through the support of my colleagues in creative writing and English, and the University as a whole, that I've been able to achieve what I have the past couple of years," he said. "Even though The William and Margaret Going Professorship Award is a bit different because it is bestowed directly by (CAS) Dean (Aldemaro) Romero and the College of Arts and Sciences, it is still emblematic of the community support I've received," Matejka explained.

Assistant department Chair Sharon James McGee commented, "Adrian's award-winning poetry collection, Mixology, swirls jazz and hip-hop rhythms with race, popular culture, and the changing mix of American life. His colleagues in the Department of English Language and Literature are very proud of his accomplishments, including most recently receiving the Going Award. It's unprecedented for an assistant professor to earn this award, and Adrian's work deserves this recognition."

Matejka earned an MFA from SIU Carbondale then came to SIUE in fall 2007, where he specializes in creative writing. For the spring semester he also is teaching a literature seminar focusing on the African Diaspora. "I enjoy teaching literature classes because they allow me to spend time thinking about the impact and influence writing can have, rather than thinking about how to craft words that impact or influence," Matejka explained. "Beyond that, we get to study texts that I wish I would have been exposed to as a student," Matejka added.

Along with teaching, Matejka also serves as poetry editor for Sou'wester, a national literary journal published by the department. He continues to work on a new collection, The Big Smoke. "It is comprised of persona poems in the voice of Jack Johnson, the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion," he said. "The collection is challenging because Johnson achieved the championship by beating Tommy Burns in 1909, only 13 years after the Supreme Court upheld Plessy vs. Ferguson," Matejka explained. That landmark case made racial segregation constitutional and began the "separate but equal" doctrine in the United States until it was overthrown in 1954 by Brown v. Board of Education, which paved the way for integration and the civil rights movement.

Upon hearing he was to be the 2010 award recipient, Matejka said he was humbled. "I still can't believe how fortunate I am to be a professor at this University. I get to spend my days talking with great students about things I love," he said.

SIUE Alumni Association To Host Networking Breakfast May 25

4 May 2010, 11:54 am

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association and Macy's will play host to a networking breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, on the 12 th floor of the Railway Exchange Building, 611 Olive St., St. Louis.

The free networking breakfast, one of a series the association has hosted in the region, will include a presentation from accomplished SIUE graduate Philesa White, vice president of Human Resources for MERS/Goodwill Industries. White earned a bachelor's in psychology from the SIUE School of Education in 2001.

"This will be the perfect opportunity to network with fellow alumni and enjoy a free breakfast of pastries, fruit and coffee before heading to work," said Steve Jankowski, director of SIUE Alumni Affairs. "There are more than 2,000 SIUE alumni working in downtown St. Louis," he pointed out, "and potential business opportunities could arise with other alumni at this event, so we recommend attendees bring business cards."

To register, visit the website:, or call Katie Bennett, (618) 650-2762.

SIUE Student Selected to Represent the Phi Kappa Phi Council of Students

4 May 2010, 11:50 am

Jeffry Harrison of Redbud has been selected as a member of the inaugural Council of Students by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Harrison, a son of Steve and Mary Kay Harrison, is studying Business Administration with concentrations in Computer Management and Information Systems and Entrepreneurship at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He plans to continue his graduate education in Business Administration at the University of Texas.

Harrison is one of 10 student vice presidents selected nationwide to serve as members of the 2010-12 Council of Students. Two student vice presidents were selected to represent each of the Society's five regions. The Council of Students will attend the 2010 Biennial Convention from August 5-7 in Kansas City, MO, during which they will gain valuable leadership skills and participate in Society governance sessions. They also will serve as the student advisory panel for the Society and will elect two members to serve as vice presidents for students on the Society's Board of Directors. The remaining members of the Council will act as liaisons to the vice presidents for students.

In order to be considered for the Council of Students, applicants had to be current student vice presidents in their local chapters. Interested students were required to be nominated by their chapter and had to submit an application that included an essay and letter of recommendation.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, inducting annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

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