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November 1, 2002

Korte Company Donation Establishes Seminar Fund At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering recently received a $50,000 donation to establish the Vince Gnaedinger Seminar Fund. The Korte Company has funded the seminars in recognition of the many contributions Gnaedinger made to the company and the concrete industry.

Gnaedinger, a long-time Korte employee, died last year. He was known as an authority on concrete and established many company practices and procedures for using the material.

The Concrete Construction Resource Unit, located within the School of Engineering, will administer the fund and seminars. Designed for practicing concrete professionals, the seminars will further the development of research and practical techniques in concrete construction, bringing expert presenters to campus.

The first seminar (Air Entrained Concrete) is scheduled for Nov. 21. Charles K. Nami, chief engineer, Master Builders, and Luke M. Snell, Concrete Construction Resource Center director, will be the speakers.

The seminar is open to the public. The cost is $65 per person. Four continuing education credits are available by request. For more information, call 618-650-2496.

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November 1, 2002

Pianist Ian Hobson Continues Recital Series At SIUE-Performing Chopin

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Renowned concert pianist Ian Hobson will continue his series of recitals at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-performing the complete solo piano works of Frédéric Chopin-at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

The third of the nine-recital series is titled 1830-1833: "Disappointment in Vienna-Arrival in Paris." The Chopin series-which continues Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 22-23; Wednesday-Thursday, March 19-20; and Tuesday-Wednesday, April 1-2-is being performed chronologically, following stages in the Polish composer's life and career.

The Nov. 18 recital includes: Mazurkas, Op.6; Waltz in E Minor; Nocturne in C-sharp Minor; Mazurkas, Op. 7; Nocturnes, Op. 9; Nocturnes, Op. 15; Waltz in E-flat Major, Op. 18; Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34; Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 20; Mazurka in B-flat Major; Rondo in E-flat Major, Op. 16; Nocturne in G Minor, Op. 15, No. 3; Waltz in G-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1; Mazurka in C Major; Variations in B-flat Major, on "Je vends des scapulaires" from Hérold's Ludovic, Op. 12; and Bolero, Op. 19.

Musicologist Allan Ho, a professor of Music, said complete works are rarely performed anywhere. "It's an honor for us to have Ian Hobson perform the cycle here," Ho said. The title of the nine-recital series is Frédéric Chopin: Evolution of a Genius.

"Chopin remains one of the most popular composers of all time," Ho said. "Many of his works are famous, yet others seldom heard. The series will include more than 200 compositions, tracing Chopin's development as a composer. "It will include all of his familiar works, as well as many new discoveries for our listeners," Ho said. "It will be a fascinating musical journey."

Called one of the greatest pianists of our time, Hobson's programs consistently demonstrate a repertoire that spans centuries and demands a command of styles and scholarly vision. His recordings and recitals encompass a cross section of works from miniature to mammoth.

A professor of Music at the University of Illinois, Hobson maintains and active performance, conducting, and recording schedule. In recent seasons, Hobson has performed at Wigmore Hall, London, Alice Tully Hall, the "Mostly Mozart Festival" in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Hobson also has performed the Chopin and Moscheles concertos at the Bard Music Festival, and has presented recitals in the United States, England, and Europe, featuring diverse works such as Beethoven's complete sonatas, excerpts from Gershwin's Song Book, Schumann's major piano works, Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7, to name a few.

He also has been on the juries of international piano competitions, such as the Van Cliburn, and is known worldwide as a pianist, conductor, and teacher. Hobson has recorded more than 35 compact discs of works, including piano concertos by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns, as well as Liszt transcriptions and the complete Beethoven sonatas, Brahms variations, Chopin etudes, Hummel sonatas, and Rachmaninoff preludes, etudes-tableaux, and transcriptions.

Tickets are $7; students and senior citizens, $6. For ticket information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.

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November 1, 2002

SIUE Library Dean Is ACRL State Academic Librarian Of The Year

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jay Starratt of Glen Carbon, dean of Library and Information Services and associate vice chancellor of Information Technology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is the 2002 Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year. The award was given at a recent conference of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

The award has been given annually since 1985 to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to academic and/or research librarianship at the statewide level, and to library development.

Starratt has demonstrated achievement in serving the organized profession through the Illinois Libraries Association, the Illinois ACRL, and related organizations; by contributing to academic library development through research or publications; and "through planning and implementing a library program of exemplary quality."

He has been in leadership positions at the state level for the IACRL and the ILA and nationally for the ALA, the ACRL, the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), and the Library and Information Technology Association.

He also co-chaired the IACRL/Illinois Board of Higher Education Liaison Committee. The committee pointed out Starratt had significant insight and experience in fostering communications between the IBHE and the academic library community on many important projects including the Higher Education Technology Task Force and the Provider Council of the Illinois Virtual Campus.

The committee also said Starratt's special interest in promoting library cooperation is evident in his "imposing record of leadership of cooperative groups." His contributions to Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO) date back more that a decade-he has served as a member and chair of the ILCSO Policy Council and as president of ILCSO, and is still a member of ILCSO's board of directors.

Starratt recently chaired ILCSO's Systems Assessment Task Force, which paved the way for ILCSO's new "Voyager" system, a statewide database for libraries, and also has served on the Illinois On Line Computer Library Center (OCLC) User Group and as a delegate to the OCLC Users Council; he is now a member of the OCLC Members Council Executive Committee.

He also is a member of the Illinois Cooperative Collection Management Coordinating Committee and was one of the authors of the Illinois Academic Library "White Paper" that challenged the academic library community to take bold new steps toward enhanced collaboration, an initiative that is coming to fruition with the formation of the new Council of Academic Libraries.

Starratt earned a bachelor's and a master of Library Science from Emory University. Before joining SIUE, Starratt served as director of Technical and Automation Services at SIU Carbondale's Morris Library. Previous professional positions include assistant director for Administrative Services at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Library and assistant to the director and supervisor of Circulation at Emory University Library.

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November 5, 2002

Small Business Development Center To Offer Nov. 19 Tax Workshop

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center is offering a Small Business Tax Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for individuals considering starting a small business or small-business owners who have questions about tax responsibilities.

Representatives from the IRS, The Illinois Department of Revenue, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will present this informative all-day workshop to be conducted at 200 University Park Drive in SIUE's University Park. Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch.

Program Director Jim Mager said the workshop will discuss topics such as: monthly, quarterly, and year-end tax reporting; what business records need to be maintained; responsibilities regarding Federal Withholding tax, Self-Employment taxes, and Federal Unemployment; reporting to the Illinois Department of Employment Security; and who is eligible to collect state unemployment, just to name a few.

Mager said the workshop was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Association, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, and SIUE. "This is a service to Illinois small businesses, part of what we offer here at the SIUE Small Business Development Center," he said. "We serve small businesses throughout the region, offering access to free professional counseling in the areas of management, marketing, finance, accounting, licensing information, eBusiness, loan packaging, and business planning."

For more information about the Nov. 19 workshop, call Jane Bagent (618) 650-2158, or by by e-mail:, or by postal mail: School of Business, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1108.

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November 6, 2002

Deadline Nearing For Scholarships For High-Achieving Students

(Synopsis: SIUE offers many scholarships for students who have performed well academically, scored high on the ACT and demonstrated leadership qualities. The deadline for application for these scholarships, which are not based on need, is near. Students must apply for admission by December 1 to be considered.)

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) Offering a quality, affordable education, SIUE attracts top academic students through its ability to provide a high-quality learning environment and several scholarship opportunities for high-achievers.

"We offer a range of scholarships and study opportunities for academically strong students," said Boyd Bradshaw, SIUE's acting assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. "Students with records of personal achievement, leadership and service can apply for these scholarships, which are not based on need."

Bradshaw said that once these high performers enroll at SIUE, they will find academic programs that continually challenge their academic and intellectual abilities.

"SIUE offers programs that will help high-achieving students continually push their limits. These programs truly put students in position to take charge of their education, and create a curriculum that will prepare them to excel in the next phase of their lives."

By submitting an admission application by December 1, new freshmen and transfer students with excellent academic records will be considered for several SIUE scholarship opportunities. Those interested in the Chancellor's Scholars Program should submit the separate Chancellor's Scholars Program Application in addition to the admission application.

Presidential Scholars (11 scholarships offered annually to entering freshmen from Illinois): $5,000 annually for four years. Selection is based on exceptional academic record and evidence of academic leadership; preference for AP and honors course credit in high school. Minimum of 29 on the ACT and 3.75 high school GPA.

Chancellor's Scholars (20 offered annually to entering freshmen): In-state tuition and fees for eight semesters. Selection based on academic record, demonstrated leadership achievement and interview process. Minimum of 27 on the ACT and upper 10 percent rank in high school class.

Johnetta Haley Scholars Academy: Up to $2,520, four-year renewable award. New freshmen and transfer minority undergraduates planning on careers in nursing, engineering, sciences or teacher education. Freshmen must have a minimum of 22 on the ACT and upper 20 percent high school rank. Transfers must have 3.0 GPA for transfer credit accepted by SIUE.

Provost's Scholarship: Partial to full in-state tuition for one year. Freshmen must have at least a 26 ACT and rank in the upper 10 percent of their high school class. Transfers must have a 3.8 transfer credit GPA for transfer credits accepted by SIUE.

Campus Residence Honors Scholarship: One-year award, ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 for housing. Freshmen recipients typically have a 28 ACT and an upper seven percent rank; transfer students have a 3.9 GPA for transfer credits accepted by SIUE.

SIUE offers several programs that complement the scholarships. The Dean's Scholars Honors Program is offered to Presidential and Chancellor Scholarship recipients, and new freshmen with high academic honors. Any SIUE student with at least a 3.5 GPA also is eligible. Dean's Scholars can help design a curriculum to explore their intellectual interests. Classes are small, and students can choose an academic area for in-depth study, or can study a variety of courses outside their major.

The Undergraduate Research Academy offers students the opportunity for research and faculty mentoring that most colleges and universities typically reserve for graduate students. Any junior or senior may compete for a URA study opportunity.

The Student Leadership Development Program helps prepare students to be leaders through participation in service opportunities in the community, across the nation, and abroad.

Focused Interest Communities (FIC) pull together a wide range of student groups, including groups for high achievers. The FICs are structured around the SIUE residence halls, which are the newest in the state. Residents of the halls live in proximity with other residents who have common interests.

"Obviously, it's not enough just to draw top-quality students to SIUE," Bradshaw said. "We have to keep them academically stimulated once they get here. Our faculty members are dedicated to our students' success. Typically, our classes are small, so it is easier to get to know faculty members. Good students, a challenging curriculum and a strong faculty combine to make SIUE an ideal environment for academic success."

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November 14, 2002

Thurs., Nov. 21 'Arts & Issues' Samite Concert POSTPONED

Appearance to be Rescheduled for 2003-2004 Season

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) - Owing to a family illness, Ugandan musician and composer Samite has postponed his appearance on the 2002-2003 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Arts & Issues series. The Thurs., Nov. 21, concert has been cancelled, and organizers are working to reschedule Samite's performance as part of the 2003-2004 series.

"While we are greatly disappointed by this turn of events, the situation was unavoidable," said John P. Peecher, assistant director of development for SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our audience, and we send our best regards and wishes to Samite."

Series subscribers are being contacted by letter regarding the cancellation and how their tickets will be handled. All other ticketholders are being offered four options:

• Donate their tickets to Arts & Issues and receive a letter for income tax purposes;
• Return their tickets for replacement for the to-be-announced concert date;
• Exchange their tickets for an upcoming 2002-2003 Arts & Issues series event
• Return their tickets for a refund.

For information, ticketholders are requested to contact Peecher at, or by telephone at 618/650-2626.

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November 14, 2002

Sen. Bowles To Receive SIUE Service Award At Dec. 14 Commencement

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Illinois State Sen. Evelyn Bowles will receive a Distinguished Service Award at the Dec. 14 commencement of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The SIUE award is given at commencement exercises to honor those who have demonstrated outstanding service to the university, the region, and the state. Sen. Bowles has served the people of Madison County and the region as a dedicated public official for more than 45 years.

Fall commencement is scheduled at 10 a.m., with ceremonies for the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Schools of Engineering and Nursing; and at 1 p.m., with ceremonies for the Schools of Business and Education. The commencement speaker will be Emerita Professor Marilynn Livingston, who served the university for more than 30 years until her retirement earlier this fall.

A native of Worden, Bowles began her career as a public school teacher in Livingston and Edwardsville, entering government service in 1951 as Chief Deputy Madison County Clerk. In 1974 she was elected County Clerk, serving five consecutive terms. In May 1994 she was appointed to represent the 56th Illinois Senate District after the death of Sen. Sam Vadalabene. Later that year she was elected to the senate and re-elected in 1998 to a four-year term. Last year, Bowles announced her intention not to run when her term expires in January.

Sen. Bowles' legislative leadership has been significant, including her introduction of new penalties for individuals convicted of illegally possessing chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine and the increase in penalties for those who desecrate grave markers in cemeteries.

In 1997, she helped pass the first state statute in the nation regulating the preprocessing of certain single-use surgical devices. The FDA subsequently incorporated several of the same guidelines. Bowles also has sponsored several important health-related bills that were passed by the General Assembly.

Bowles has been honored by many organizations for outstanding public service. Her accomplishments have been recognized by the National Organization for Women, the Girl Scouts, the Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women, Rotary Clubs International, and the Sons of the American Revolution.

As an Illinois state legislator, Bowles has been an exemplary representative of her constituents and a staunch supporter of SIUE. For example, she helped appropriate state funding for the electronic entrance signs to the university, which have improved the gateways to SIUE.

In addition, she was instrumental in encouraging SBC Ameritech to donate $25,000 as a kick-off for the initial fund-raising campaign of the Friends of the Sou'wester, a support organization for the literary magazine published by the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature. The senator also regularly participates in seminars and educational activities for SIUE.

Professor Livingston, who joined the SIUE Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1969, became a faculty member of the newly formed Department of Computer Science in 1986. She served as chair of that department from 1999 until her retirement.

She earned a doctorate in Mathematics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and served on the Mathematics faculty at the University of Alberta and at Oregon State University before coming to SIUE.

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November 19, 2002

Friends of Art Plan Annual Art Auction

The 25th Annual Art Auction, sponsored by the SIU Edwardsville Friends of Art, is set for Thursday, Nov. 21, at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville.

All artwork is original and may be previewed between 6 and 7 p.m. when the auction begins.

Each year the Friends of Art assembles an impressive array of donated artwork from faculty, visiting artists, students, and alumni of the SIUE Department of Art and Design for auction, all in the name of enhancing the university's undergraduate and graduate art programs.

Shown here are members of the organization sorting through art pieces that may or may not show up on the auction block. From left are: Sharon Henderson, Donna Sikes, Andi Smith, and Brad Penturf.

For more information, call the department, (618) 650-3071, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3071.

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November 25, 2002

SIUE's Lovejoy Friends To Sponsor Ninth Annual Writing Contest

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of Lovejoy Library of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is sponsoring the Ninth Annual High School Writers' Contest for juniors and seniors enrolled in Southwestern Illinois high schools.

Information packets are being sent to English departments of high schools in 11 counties: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Green, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, St. Clair, and Washington.

Categories are: fiction, up to 3,000 words, such as short stories, character sketches, or one-act dramas; nonfiction, up to 2,000 words; poetry, up to 40 lines, any style, rhymed or unrhymed. First prize in each category is $500; second prize is $300; and third prize is $100. A contestant may win on only one category.

Co-sponsors of the competition include The Target Stores, Edwardsville. Friends of Lovejoy Library is a support organization for the SIUE library.

Entries must be the original work of the contestant, postmarked no later than Feb. 14. Classroom assignments are eligible. Faculty members of the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature will serve as contest judges. Winners will be notified before April 1, and prizes will be awarded April 23 at a university banquet. All contestants will receive certificates of recognition.

For contest rules and entry forms, students should contact their English teachers or principals, or call the Friends of Lovejoy Library, (618) 650-2730.

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November 25, 2002

Friends Of Music To Offer Annual Musical House Tour Dec. 8

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of Music, of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will offer the 15th Annual Holiday Musicales house tour from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. As an added bonus, the day will end with a holiday concert by the university choirs in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

Participants will visit two Edwardsville area homes, decorated for the holidays, where they will hear jazz, classical, and vocal music performed by SIUE music students and faculty. In addition, holiday refreshments will be served.

The 3:30 p.m. concert in Dunham Hall will feature the SIUE Community Choral Society performing Vivaldi's Gloria, accompanied by a string quartet, and the SIUE Concert Choir performing Charpentier's Midnight Mass for Christmas, based on French Christmas carols.

Tickets for the event are $10, which includes the house tour and the concert. Tickets for the concert alone are $3; students, $2. For more information or to obtain tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Tickets also are available at TheBANK of Edwardsville or from Friends members.

Friends of Music is a support organization for the SIUE Department of Music, sponsoring events throughout the year to benefit the department and music scholarships. The organization hosts an annual jazz gala in October and "An Evening in Vienna" during spring. Along with the Holiday Musicales, these events make it possible for the Friends of Music to provide thousands of dollars in scholarships to music students at SIUE.

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November 26, 2002

SIUE Army ROTC Ranked 4th In Nation

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) -The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been ranked fourth out of 270 ROTC programs nationally for the 2001-2002 academic year. In making the announcement, Lieutenant Colonel Joel Hillison, professor of military science for the ROTC at SIUE, attributed the achievement to the high quality faculty, staff, and students involved in the program.

"Our success results directly from the strong teamwork between the Army ROTC program and the University," said Hillison. "Enthusiastic support from the academic departments, especially the Schools of Business and Nursing, has led to an increase in the number of scholars, athletes, and leaders entering the program. Students who do try the ROTC program find it to be both personally rewarding and challenging."

SIUE's program ranking was based on the number of officer commissions, the number of nurse commissions, and the quality ranking of SIUE cadets against all other cadets nationwide.

"On behalf of the University, I've expressed my congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Hillison, the military science faculty and the cadets," said Gary Giamartino, dean of the SIUE School of Business. "This is quite an accomplishment and an honor for our program and for SIUE."

The selection of the SIUE Army ROTC program is noteworthy as this is the second year that SIUE has been ranked among the top ten schools in the nation. Up until 2000, the SIUE Army ROTC program was an extension of the program at Washington University. Currently, the SIUE Army ROTC program includes students from the University as well as McKendree College, Lewis and Clark Community College, and Southwestern Illinois College.

The Army ROTC program has scholarships that provide financial assistance for the education and training of highly qualified and motivated young men and women. Those students who complete the program will be commissioned as officers in the active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard after graduation from college. Information about SIUE's Army ROTC program and its ranking is available by calling 618/650-2500 or visiting the program's Website at

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