(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) “Seven days of creation or a Big Bang” will be the topic at the next World Religions, Knowledge, and Science (WoRKS) Group Edwardsville discussion series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center.
George Henderson, emeritus physics professor at SIUE, will host the evening’s dialogue that will examine discoveries and ideas “behind the current picture that astronomers and cosmologists have developed” about the beginnings of the universe and the various responses from religions to that picture.
“Based on our previous events, I think we can expect a lively and stimulating discussion on an interesting topic,” Henderson.
The WoRKS Group Edwardsville is presenting a three-year series of distinguished lecturers and study group meetings in which science and religion interface for the campus and regional communities. WoRKS is funded in part by the Metanexus Institute.
There is no admission charge and parking is available at Visitors Lot B for $1 per hour.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Writers Club and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of English Language and Literature will present their annual holiday family events—a literary festival and Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Tuesday, Dec. 19, respectively, both in the multipurpose room of Building D on the Higher Education Campus , 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis.
The Dec. 9 “Tapping the Cultural Tapestry of East St. Love” will take place from 9 a.m.-noon. with poets Christienne Hinz and Kenita Jalivay, as well as members of the Soular Systems Ensemble and Reginald Petty of the East St. Louis Historical Society.
Kwanzaa: A 40th Anniversary (Community) Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and features a Kwansaba candle lighting ritual with the Solar Systems Ensemble—Roscoe Crenshaw, Sherman Fowler, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy, Debra “Fo Feet” Warren and Eugene Redmond, a professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE and founder of the EBR Writers Club.
The Dec. 19 celebration also will include an “open mic” event as well as gifts, books, and an art-fabric bazaar.
For more information, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-3991, or write EBR Writers Club, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202-6165.
The EBR Writers Club co-publishes Drum voices Revue, a multicultural journal, with the SIUE English Department. EBR trustees include noted authors and poets Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Barbara Teer, Quincy Troupe and Lena Weathers. Past trustees include celebrated authors Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), and Raymond Patterson (1929-2001).
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Richard Dremuk, retired assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, and his wife, Patricia, have established an endowment to fund a scholarship for SIUE international students to support academic excellence and to foster leadership skills.
The Richard and Patricia Dremuk Scholarship/Leadership Fund will be administered through the Center for International Programs (CIP). Scholarships will be awarded through a committee chosen by the director of CIP and approved by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
The Dremuks were honored recently at SIUE’s International Night, where a group of students presented the couple with a framed aerial photo of campus, also containing photo insets of SIUE international students and autographs with sentiments of gratitude in various foreign languages.
Rupak Thapaliya, president of the Nepalese Student Association at the University, aid the Dremuks are to be commended for their dedication to international students. “The Dremuk Fund has further encouraged international students to get involved in the community and bring about diversity on campus,” Thapaliya said.
“On behalf of the international students, I would like to sincerely thank the family in helping the students by making this contribution. This gesture encourages all international students at SIUE.”
Gifty Dankyi, a graduate student from Ghana, Africa, said the Dremuk scholarship is among the most thoughtful support initiatives for International Students. “I am very grateful to the Dremuks for this resource,” Dankyi said. “Their gesture makes otherwise difficult situations manageable. They are key contributors to the success of the international program at SIUE.”
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, but we’ve wanted to do something more and this scholarship fund helps us do that.”
Ron Schaefer, director of International Programs for the University, said the Dremuk Fund will recognize significant contributions by SIUE international students to leadership and scholarship on campus. “Scholarship in its various manifestations is the central focus for our international students,” Schaefer 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, International Week, Africa Night and others,” Schaefer said.
“The success of these events depends on the international students themselves. They receive guidance from SIUE staff, but it is the students who design and implement these events. They contribute to various other programs across campus as well.
“The Dremuk Fund will recognize outstanding instances of leadership displayed by SIUE international students with regard to campus life.”
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.”
Dick and Patricia Dremuk, left of center, are shown here accepting a framed photo montage from international students recently at SIUE International Night. At far left is Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
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Computerized robots play “Soccer Shoot-Out”
- Who: SIUE School of Engineering’s Computer Science Program
- What: Robo-Soccer Shoot-Out: The Sixth Annual Head-to-Head Match between the top-10 high school winners from the Nov. 11 competition and the top-10 SIUE freshman teams
- When: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5
- Where: Atrium lobby of the SIUE Engineering Building
The 10 top teams from four high schools—Edwardsville, Mascoutah, O’Fallon and Triad—will take on freshman teams from the SIUE School of Engineering. In the past five years, high school teams have edged the SIUE freshman teams 3-2, but SIUE did win last year’s bragging rights, so they feel they have momentum.
This robotics event will mirror one of the most popular robotics competitions in the world—the World Soccer Competition: RoboCup (www.robocup.org). The grand challenge of the world competition is to field a team of robots to play in a World Cup Soccer match by 2050.
Requiring research in electronics, mechanics and computer science, the fun continues at SIUE’s version of the world soccer event, which will see Lego robot soccer “players” face off. Each robot will have a supply of soccer balls (ping-pong balls and golf balls) and a goal to defend—much like a penalty kick-off in a soccer match.
Gathering “soccer balls,” aiming toward the opponent’s goal and trying to score will be part of the excitement, while the other “player” defends by blocking shots as they come across mid-field.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than a quarter of a century after the last audience witnessed the last concert at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s legendary Mississippi River Festival, it has been resurrected—in book form.
Stephen Kerber, associate professor and University archivist and special collections librarian for the Louisa H. Bowen Archives at Lovejoy Library, and Amanda Bahr-Evola, a senior library specialist in the Archives, have prepared an illustrated history of the celebrated performing arts festival that began as a partnership between SIUE and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Through 12 summers—between 1969 and 1980—the MRF presented 353 events, showcasing performers in a variety of musical genres including classical, chamber, vocal, ragtime, blues, folk, bluegrass, barbershop harmony, country and rock, as well as dance and theater.
The Mississippi River Festival (Arcadia, 2006) contains more than 200 photographs plus text describing the site (including the iconic MRF tent), the personalities associated with the festival (such as tentmaster Skip Manley), and the remarkable performers and audiences.
A volume in the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing, The Mississippi River Festival is available for $19.99 at local bookstores, including the SIUE University Bookstore. All royalties from sales of the book go directly to the Friends of Lovejoy Library, a support organization for the SIUE library.
Book signing receptions featuring the authors have been scheduled for Piece of Mind Books, 1530 Troy Road, Edwardsville (656-7277), at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and also at the SIUE Bookstore in the Morris Center (650-2132), from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11.
The book is the first of several projects and activities being prepared to honor SIUE’s upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration (1957-2007).
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Star of the original River dance and Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers brings her holiday concert—An Irish Christmas: An Nollaig—to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Arts & Issues stage Saturday, Dec. 9.
Called a “sensation” who “electrifies” audiences by Billboard magazine and the New York Times, this seven-time, all-Ireland fiddle champion and best-selling recording artist will perform at 8 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center.
Arts & Issues, which has a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois, continues its 2006-07 with the Dec. 9 concert. “We’re excited about the energy that Eileen brings to a stage,” says series Coordinator John Peecher. “This will surely put our audiences in the holiday spirit”
Ivers has established herself as the world’s pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle. “If our audience members have ever seen River dance, they know that we’re all in for a special evening,” Peecher said. “She and her talented band will capture the magic of the season in this heart-warming holiday show.” Peecher said the evening will include traditional Irish songs and original tunes, as well as Ivers’ virtuosity.
After graduating magna cum laude in mathematics at Iona College and while continuing post-graduate work, Ivers immersed herself in various musical genres she had experienced during her upbringing in New York City. It may have been her mathematical mind mingled with her passion for music that brought Ivers to seek parallels in traditional music styles that contributed to the signature sound in much of her recordings since the 1980s.
In 1999, Ivers established a touring production to present the music that now encompasses Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, a blend of African and Latin percussions along with Irish instrumentalists and soulful vocals. The band has headlined at major performing arts centers, performed with numerous symphony orchestras and at music festivals worldwide, and has appeared on national and international television.
Tickets still are available for the remaining Arts & Issues dates: the exciting Cajun style music of BeauSoleil, Feb. 3; and the swinging sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, April 28.
For ticket information or for reservations for Arts & Issues events, contact the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Tickets also may be purchased at the Web site: artsandissues.com.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be bidding farewell to 20 international students, representing five countries, this December after the Office of International Programs (OIP) hosted them at the Edwardsville campus this semester.
During the course of their stay, the SIUE Office of International Programs held several events for the exchange students—including an orientation, welcome reception and fall hayride—to better acquaint them with American culture. These activities also helped SIUE students and exchange students form vital relationships.
After these 20 students leave in mid-December, SIUE will welcome 16 new exchange students from four partner schools. As part of the exchange program, SIUE will in turn send nine of its students to study abroad at partner schools in Germany, France, England and the Netherlands.
In addition to playing host to exchange students, the Office of International Programs continues to strengthen its ties with local businesses by sponsoring speakers on campus related to the international business arena.
According to Cyndi Peterson, assistant director of OIP for the School of Business, “The relationships that are formed through these speaking engagements improve our students’ employment prospects, as networking is essential in today’s job market. Guest speakers also increase students’ appreciation for international business, as they can see how concepts they are learning in class are actually implemented.”
OIP, in partnership with the School’s International Business Association, has been host to several speakers this semester, including David Schweppe, director of Business Development, Precision Engagement International at the Boeing Company. Schweppe spoke about Boeing’s international business strategy, highlighting considerations the company strategically uses to evaluate potential markets and select which markets to enter.
Since its inception in 1990, one of OIP’s main goals has been to create and develop student awareness of global issues, especially those affecting international business, and maintaining partnerships with eight institutions abroad and local firms that conduct business internationally.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing students can practice life-saving skills before they are faced with a life or death situation in the hospital. Now health care professionals in the field have the same opportunity.
The School’s Simulated Learning Center for Health Sciences (SLCHS), which was the first of its kind in the Midwest, offers the perfect setting for students and trained professionals to make critical, split-second decisions in a practice environment. The SLCHS also trains them to face real-world scenarios with conviction and confidence.
Professionals can handle trauma situations before they happen in the real world, thanks to the University’s state-of-the-art mannequins that breathe, blink, have pulses and react appropriately to medication according to dosage administered.
Practice sessions allow nurses and other providers the opportunity to think about the best way to address a patient’s needs in a given situation before the real situation presents itself.
Maria Wolf, a lecturer in the School of Nursing and a lab assistant, arranges a variety of computer-generated trauma scenarios for professionals to tackle. “She was so energetic and helpful,” said Candace Jennings, chief nurse officer for St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
St. John’s is one of two Springfield hospitals that rotates Level I trauma cases as mandated by the State of Illinois. St. John’s had not been required to take trauma cases for some time before the state’s mandate, and members of its staff decided training in the SLCHS would help strengthen and sharpen their skills.
For three months this past spring and summer, nurses and respiratory therapists piled into a van and traveled from Springfield to Edwardsville to take advantage of the training opportunity, which is unlike any other in the state. When the staff was faced in October with a real-life trauma case, they were able to incorporate what they had learned during the training and quickly respond and deliver care.
It was the first trauma case the staff members had faced in 15 months, Jennings said, adding the time spent in the training lab helped prepare the employee to take charge. She said the physicians on staff at St. John’s noticed a marked difference in the way health care providers, who took part in the training, handled the case from previously handled trauma cases.
“We were delighted to work with the nurses of St. John’s Hospital in Springfield in our Simulated Learning Center for Health Sciences,” said Marcia Maurer, SIUE’s School of Nursing dean. “It demonstrated that our resources serve and foster excellence not only in students, but also in nursing professionals beyond our walls.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Friendships, disappointments, what we do and how we react to situations when they aren’t what they appear to be are issues that pervade Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Ed Graczyk’s award-winning drama will be staged at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 3.
The play takes place in West Texas in 1975, near the small town of Marfa, where the blockbuster Hollywood tome Giant was filmed two decades earlier. The flick was James Dean’s last film appearance before his death and the characters in Graczyk’s play still bask in the excitement of Dean’s visit even though nearly 20 years have passed.
During a reunion of childhood friends, we find that their lives have gone very different ways and that reputations have become a bit tarnished through the years. They may have shared common values in 1955, but the only common thread is their collective memories of the American film idol Dean.
Enjoying his directing debut at SIUE, Roger Speidel is better known to local audiences as a set designer, technical director and instructor in the Department of Theater and Dance. He also has been seen on stage in several musicals at the University and as the Baker in Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical Into the Woods at Alton Little Theater last year.
Speidel also designed the set for Into the Woods, for which he won an Arts for Life Award in St. Louis in spring of this year.
Although he’s been involved in several productions at SIUE since arriving in 2002 and has directed at other venues, he has never had the chance to direct here. “I’m very busy with this production because I’m directing and also mentoring students who are serving as set designer and technical director,” Speidel said. “It’s a bit hectic, but I’m enjoying it.”
Speidel also pointed out that the cast is very effective in the roles of the women of the “Disciples of James Dean,” who have returned to their hometown for the 20th anniversary of Dean’s death in a car crash. “We have a great mix of veteran student actors and new actors who have never been in a drama,” he said. “They’re doing a great job and I’m pleased with their progress.
“I believe audiences will enjoy this show because these characters are people with whom we can identify,” Speidel said. “Many of us know people with whom we have strained relationships and we can easily identify with the concept of seeing old friends who turn out different from what they were 20 years earlier. “It’s like what Juanita says in the play: ‘Believin’s so funny, ain’t it? When what you believe in doesn't even know you exist.’
“This entire experience has been rewarding for me, the cast and the crew, and I hope the audience will feel the camaraderie from the stage.”
Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, all at SIUE’s James F. Metcalf Theater. Tickets are $10; senior citizens, students and SIUE faculty and staff, $6. For reservations, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
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Members of the cast of Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean include Jordan Villines (blond), of Norris City, as Sissy; Natalie DiCristofano (red dress), of Troy, as Mona, and Lori Bailey, of Chicago (60655), as Joanne. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Charles Saff, a Technical Fellow at Phantom Works of the Boeing Co., will speak at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Room 1027 of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Engineering Building about “The Value of Technology.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
Saff will speak about how a disciplined process is necessary to assess the value of technology with respect to a particular application. “Assessing the value of technology for new aerospace products has become a key element in the design process,” Saff points out. “Determining the cost, weight and risk of the various technologies that might be used to develop the product have a huge impact on the capabilities, price and readiness of the product.”
Since 1997, Saff has led the Affordable Structures Team (AST), which coordinates development activities in reducing the cost of structures across all sites and business units of the Boeing Company. Also, since last year, Saff has lead the BCA Marquee multi-site project to define technologies for the next generation commercial aircraft.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) PREVIEW SIUE, the annual open house at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, attracted nearly 2,900 parents and students, said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of Admissions and Academic Marketing for the university and coordinator of the event.
“We are very happy with the attendance for both programs,” Bollinger said. “There’s a lot of excitement at SIUE and more and more students want to see what it’s all about.
“PREVIEW SIUE is a showcase opportunity for high school students and their families as well as students who are considering a transfer to SIUE from other institutions to see first hand what SIUE has to offer,” she said.
“Choosing a college is a critical decision in a person’s life. With so many higher education options, it’s important for students to choose a college that is an ideal fit. We want students to compare SIUE with their individual higher education goals.”
Bollinger said faculty and staff from virtually all academic departments and student services units were on hand Oct. 9 and Nov. 10 to talk with students and answer questions. “At PREVIEW SIUE, our faculty and staff take an active role in talking with prospective students and introducing them to the academic opportunities available at SIUE.
“We like to get to know the students and their parents, while at the same time offering them the information they’ll need to make sound decisions about a college choice.
“The feedback we received from our prospective student visitors and families was very positive. When asked ‘what impressed you most about SIUE,’ students and parents most frequently noted: ‘friendly and helpful environment’ followed by ‘beautiful campus.’
“PREVIEW SIUE is an excellent chance to visit campus and learn about what we have to offer; however, it’s not the only opportunity. The Schools of Engineering, Business, Pharmacy and the College of Arts and Sciences are planning open house programs in the spring. Also, students may schedule a campus visit by registering at the University Web site: www.siue.edu/prospectivestudents.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Viewers will need to tune in to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 22-23, to find out how thankful Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student Alyx Mark is this holiday season.
With the results of her national TV appearance under wraps until air time, the 18-year-old junior, majoring in political science, said she is “satisfied” with the outcome. She could not be any more specific than that because of a contractual agreement with the show’s production company.
“It was an amazing experience,” Mark said of the time she spent in New York City during the October taping of the College Week-themed shows. The pressure definitely was on, she said, as it was unclear at what point she would be called on stage to compete.
In the “green room,” the area where hopefuls wait their turn to appear on the show, she said the brownies, cookies, fresh fruit and other treats were inviting, “But I couldn’t eat anything. I was so nervous.”
Looking back on the week she spent in the Big Apple, “The time was a blur,” she said, noting the time her segment was taped flew by.
The very ambitious only child from Wood River graduated from Roxana Senior High School at the age of 17. She accepted a Chancellor’s Scholarship to attend SIUE. “You can’t turn down a free education,” she said. “You just can’t turn down an opportunity like this.”
Having chosen SIUE, she said she is “very happy” she made the decision she did. While she was accepted to other universities, “This really was the best fit.” Now the teen is contemplating her next move in life.
“I’m not sure if I want to pursue graduate school or if I want to go to law school,” she said, noting that first she plans to take a long, well-deserved vacation. “I would love to spend a year living in an old house someplace in France or Italy, just writing and enjoying life.”
But before she takes time to rest and relax, Mark plans to spend this summer in Africa as part of a study abroad program. She is very active in the Political Science Association on campus, and will be one of several students who will build a mock refugee village in SIUE’s Stratton Quadrangle later this month in recognition of Genocide Awareness Week from Nov. 27-Dec. 1.
“So many people don’t realize that 400,000 people have died in Darfur (in Western Sudan, Africa)” Mark said. She and students from other majors across campus are part of the effort to educate other members of the campus community, as well as visitors during the week of activities.
Mark’s mother, Dawn Means of Wood River, flew with her daughter to New York. Means is a junior high school teacher in the Bethalto School District. Mark’s father, Michael Mark, is a safety coordinator for SM Wilson in St. Louis.
Nationally syndicated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, hosted by Meredith Vieira, will feature several undergraduate students during College Week Nov. 20-24. For show times and more information, check local listings or visit: www.millionairetv.com.
Alyx Mark of Wood River (third from right, back row), a junior studying political science at SIUE, will be a contestant on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” airing on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Nov. 22-23, during the show’s “College Week” segment. The popular syndicated television game show, with host Meredith Vieira (center), offers contestants a chance to win cash in increments up to $1 million through questions that test their knowledge in a variety of subjects. Check local listings for time and channel. (Photo courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.)
Alyx is shown here at the console across from host Meredith Vieira. (Photo courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students will honor more than 400,000 victims of genocide from Darfur during Genocide Awareness Week, Nov. 27-Dec. 1.
Members of SIUE’s Political Science Association will spend a week in a mock refugee camp on the berms of the Stratton Quadrangle on campus. The group is hoping to educate people about genocide—the act of killing a specific racial, ethnic, national or political group with the intent to eradicate it—and its role in war and global politics.
The week will be filled with speakers, films, a candlelight vigil and discussion of the position of religious leaders and their lack of involvement. “The whole point of the week is to generate awareness,” said Denise DeGarmo, an assistant professor of political science at the University. “One of the focuses will be on Darfur.”
The conflict is occurring in the Darfur region of western Sudan. A struggle exists between the Janjaweed, a military group consisting of people from local tribes, and non-Baggara people, who are members of a regional farming tribe.
Since 2003 the Sudanese government has provided support to the Janjaweed against the non-Baggara people—the Fur, Zaghawa and Massaleit ethnic groups—yet has claimed it does not support the Janjaweed, DeGarmo said.
She acknowledges genocide has occurred in other nations in the past, but she is focusing on events in Darfur because “Darfur is the first genocide that most of our students are aware of. We will examine the role of genocide and the use of genocide.” DeGarmo said she is hoping the students will engage in discussion about what the current generation could do to obliterate such practices.
Other activities throughout the week will include a showing of the film, Hotel Rwanda, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at the SIUE Religious Center; a presentation on the Sudan by Anthony Cheeseboro, chair and associate professor of SIUE’s Department of Historical Studies, on campus at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 28; a panel discussion in response to genocide on campus (at a time yet to be determined) Thursday, Nov. 29; and a candlelight vigil Friday, Dec. 1, at a time yet to be determined.
For more information, call (618) 650-3375.
Congratulations: Paula Manny, departmental information supervisor in the Office of Academic Counseling and Advising, is recipient of the November Employee Recognition Award. Manny (center) is shown here with Kristi Halfond, an advisor who nominated Manny for the award. At right is William Hendey, director of Academic Counseling and Advising. In addition to the plaque she received, Manny was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to her office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
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Victoria Scott, an associate professor of special education and communication disorders and the 2006 recipient of the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award, has been selected as one of this year’s Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipients. Scott will receive the award at a Nov. 19 ceremony and reception at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton.
Scott is among 100 teachers who are being recognized this year by Emerson as "an example of outstanding teaching excellence." The Emerson recognition program is in its 17th year and has become a significant recognition among St. Louis area teachers. “Emerson is proud to sponsor this program as a way of helping the St. Louis community express our collective admiration and gratitude for teaching our area's young people,” said David Farr, chairman, CEO and president of St. Louis-based Emerson.
“We are recognizing the vital role outstanding teachers, such as Vickie Scott, play in the St. Louis community.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Walgreens Inc., the national retail pharmacy corporation, recently presented a $10,000 check to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy in support of general activities at the School. The check is the third and final installment in Walgreen’s pledge of $30,000 that was made in 2004.
Surrounded by several Walgreens district managers and pharmacy supervisors, Dennis Hunt, pharmacy supervisor for Walgreens’ St. Louis West District, handed the check to Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. “We greatly appreciate that one of the largest pharmacy chains in the country is committed to our educational efforts at the SIUE School of Pharmacy,” Medon said.
“It’s also significant to me because Dennis has been on our advisory board since the beginning, and has been an important resource in our program planning.”
Hunt said the SIUE School of Pharmacy is extremely important to the pharmacy industry because the School will be graduating students who will fill a need in the current pharmacist shortage in the country. “The shortage of pharmacists in the U.S. has greatly affected the St. Louis area, affected our business,” Hunt said. “We continue to open more stores in this region and we’re feeling the shortage.”
The need for pharmacists nationwide is expected to grow by 30 percent in the next eight years, while the need in Illinois also will grow by nearly 20 percent in the next six years. “It’s is critical that we ensure quality of training so that SIUE’s pharmacy graduates are an asset to the industry,” Hunt said. “I believe that’s exactly what Dean Medon and his faculty and staff are doing here at SIUE and Walgreens recognizes that importance.”
Medon said the Walgreens pledge has been a great asset in building a new School of Pharmacy at SIUE. “This generous gift has allowed us to support faculty and student professional development that would not have been possible otherwise,” he said.
The SIUE School of Pharmacy, which offers a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy, values excellence in teaching, pharmacy practice, research/scholarship and service. The program of study is based on current knowledge and technology from pharmacy and other disciplines, and is delivered through a variety of innovative teaching strategies.Photo 1
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Dana Hamann of Winthrop Harbor, a graduate student in psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, won a gold ribbon for a poster presentation, Abuse and the Effects on Eating Disorder Symptomatology and Body Image: Does Treatment for the Abuse Influence This Relationship, at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference recently in Detroit.
The award was given for excellence of Hamann’s poster presentation and the research it represented. The poster content mirrored the content of her master’s thesis. Hamann was attending the conference as the delegate from the SIUE chapter of Sigma Xi.
Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research honor society whose programs and activities promotes the health of scientific enterprise and honors scientific achievement. The society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology, and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress.
At the annual meeting, delegates from Sigma Xi chapters decide governance questions of the Society and attend various sessions about leadership, chapter management and major issues.
In addition, undergraduates of more than 100 institutions from around the world present research, attend career-focused workshops, meet graduate school recruiters and network with Sigma Xi members.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved construction of a 350-space parking lot on the north side of Circle Drive—across from the SIUE Vadalabene Center—at an estimated cost of $650,000.
The approval vote was taken today at the board’s regular meeting on the Edwardsville campus. It was one of three measures on the board’s agenda that affects SIUE.
Cost of the new lot will be funded from a change in the project description of the proceeds from the sale of 2006A bonds that were approved by the board in March. That change in project description also was approved at today’s meeting. Debt service for the lot will be funded from parking and traffic revenues.
Demand for parking on the Edwardsville campus has escalated as full-time student enrollment has increased. University Police conducted a recent survey that confirmed very few vacant parking spaces are available on campus to employees and students on numerous occasions during peak times.
A 500-space parking lot is being created as part of the Evergreen Residence Hall construction scheduled for completion by fall semester 2007. University officials believe this parking lot plus the additional lot approved today will help alleviate some of the parking problems.
In other action affecting SIUE, the Board of Trustees approved construction of two instructional chemistry laboratories in the Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator (BLI) located in University Park. The BLI is located in University Park. The labs are estimated to cost $980,000 to be paid for through current University operating funds.
SIUE has been requesting funding for several years from the state to renovate the current Science Building and construct a new laboratory building. Earlier this year, the General Assembly approved some $3 million for planning the proposed construction and renovation. Because of a growing backlog of students who require chemistry lab time, these new instructional labs will be used by students until the Science Laboratory Building can be built.
In a third matter today, the board voted to amend SIUE’s policy on refunding mandatory fees for students who withdraw from the University. Currently, the University offers students a full or partial refund of mandatory fees for withdrawing by a prescribed deadline. In addition, the University retains an administrative fee of five percent of the assessed charges or $100, whichever is less, during the partial refund period.
“With this new action, the University will refund 100 percent of mandatory fees if a student withdraws by the end of the 3rd week of class but will not refund any mandatory fees beyond the 3rd week.”
The overall financial impact to the University will be “revenue neutral” and the policy regarding tuition refunds does not change. Officials said the objective for this action is to bring the University’s policies in line with the “functionality” of the University’s new student information system.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Four Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestlers have been diagnosed with skin infections—three with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), or staph infection, and a fourth with cellulitis.
The diagnoses were the result of cultures taken from three of the wrestlers last week by SIUE Health Service and another culture taken by the fourth wrestler’s private physician. The SIUE results came back Monday from a local diagnostic lab.
None of the athletes have been quarantined and as a precaution all were administered a regimen of antibiotics immediately to treat a broad spectrum of infections. That same regimen has been continued for the affected athletes.
All of the athletes are not being identified under right to privacy laws. Four came to SIUE Health Service last week with unknown skin infections, said Riane Greenwalt, director of SIUE Health Service. The athletes were suspended from practice and competitions pending culture tests from the lab and clearance by a physician.
When Greenwalt reported the situation to SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics Director Bradley L. Hewitt, the wrestling weight room and locker room were treated with an additional antimicrobial cleanser designed to kill staph bacteria. “We wanted to be sure in case these infections did turn out to be staph related,” Hewitt said.
“Wrestling is a very physical contact sport and staph infection among wrestlers is common,” Hewitt said. “That said, we’ve never had a problem with MRSA in the past at SIUE that I’m aware of.” Hewitt also pointed out that the weight room, locker room and wrestling room are currently in use. “We are confident we’ve cleared those rooms of MRSA bacteria and we’re back to normal.”
Meanwhile, Greenwalt has been in contact with the entire wrestling team and the coaches to discuss proper hygiene and staph prevention. “I also met with other representatives of Intercollegiate Athletics, as well as Campus Recreation, Kinesiology and Health Education, and Facilities Management. I spoke with them about how staph is spread and how to prevent it or limit it,” she said.
“Keep in mind that each person has staph, a common bacteria, on their skin or in their nose. When there is a cut or a break in the skin, the skin may become compromised and susceptible to infection.
“While many staph infections can result in nothing more than a small pimple or boil, not requiring medication; other staph infections can become more serious,” Greenwalt said. “Outbreaks and ‘cluster’ infections can occur when several people have a common point of exposure.”
Greenwalt said Madison County Health Department was contacted once the skin infections were suspected as a cluster. “We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate appropriately with the athletics areas involved.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Center for Economic Education and Business Research at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been granted a five-year affiliation by the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE). The award was presented at the NCEE’s recent annual meeting in New York City.
This is the second time the SIUE Center has received a five-year affiliation with the NCEE. The SIUE Center also is affiliated with the Illinois Council on Economic Education, said Center Director Rik Hafer, professor of economics and finance and chair of that department.
Under the supervision of associate director Mary Anne Pettit, an instructor in the Department of Economics and Finance, the primary mission of the Center is to deliver economic education programs for K-12 schools and teachers. The Center also assists local businesses with economic research and provides economic analysis through public programs, Hafer pointed out.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 31st Annual Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series begins Nov. 13 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with the music of Vivaldi, Haydn and Rachmaninoff.
The evening of music is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris Center. Proceeds from the Coffee Concerts series supports the SIUE music scholarship fund. Sponsors include the SIUE Department of Music; the SIUE Friends of Music, a support organization for the department; and the Morris Center.
Selections for the Nov. 13 event include the Concerto in D Major for two trumpets by Antonio Vicaldi; Michael Haydn’s Divertimento for viola, cello and bass; Vocalize by Sergei Rachmaninoff; Divertimento, Op. 37, for oboe, clarinet and bassoon by Malcolm Arnold; Three Songs for flugelhorn, cello and piano by Tchaikovsky (Arr. Davis); and Trio in A-minor, Op. 114, for clarinet, cello and piano by Johannes Brahms.
Subscription tickets for the series are $27 for three concerts through the academic year; senior citizens, $24; and students, $15. Individual tickets for each of the Coffee Concerts are $10; senior citizens, $9; and students, $5. Admission includes a dessert and beverage served during intermission, and convenient parking in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the Morris Center.
For ticket information or to make a reservation, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Alto saxophonist Dave Bixler, an 11-year veteran of the New York City jazz scene, will appear with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Concert Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the theater in SIUE’s Katherine Dunham Hall.
The concert will feature classic arrangements recorded by the big bands of Duke Ellington, Bill Holman, Buddy Rich, Count Basie and Bill Watrous, as well as new music by Bixler and Brett Stamps, a professor music at SIUE and director of the University’s Jazz Studies Program.
Bixler has performed with Ellington and Toshiko Akiyosho and is currently lead alto saxophonist with the Grammy Award-nominated Chico O’Farrell’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Bixler also has performed in Europe and China, in addition to playing prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, the New York JVC Jazz Festival, Chicago Symphony Hall and the Lincoln Center.
A graduate of Indiana University, Bixler has recorded three albums as a band leader featuring his own compositions. He also is a saxophone instructor at Montclaire State University and staff lead alto saxophonist at the Birch Creek Summer Jazz Camps.
Admission to the Nov. 14 concert at SIUE is $3; students and senior citizens, $2. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Gerontology Program, part of the SIUE School of Education, as well as seven area hospices will play host of the 24th Annual Hospice Conference of Southwestern Illinois on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
With its theme of “Making Hospice Amazing: New Tools and a Return of Basics,” the conference will feature G. Jay Westbrook, clinical director of palliative care at the Pain Management and Bereavement Services at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif.
The morning plenary session by Westbrook will address the conference theme, and in the afternoon, there will be four workshops regarding “Methadone,” “Establishing and Maintaining a Peaceful Environment for the Actively Dying,” “Healing Touch,” and “Calming Difficult Family Situations.”
The conference will be offered in the Morris University Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and concluding at 3:30 p.m. Registration is $45; students and hospice volunteers, $30.
CEUs are available for licensed social workers, nursing home administrators, and funeral directors. General CEUs also are available. For more information, call the SIUE Gerontology Program, (618) 650-3454.
The event is co-sponsored by: Bond County Hospice, BJC Hospice at Alton, Gateway Regional Medical Center Hospice, Family Hospice, Hospice of Southern Illinois, Saint Anthony’s Health Center Hospice and Unity Hospice.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing is seeking the community’s help in submitting nominees for the 2007 Jewels of Nursing Excellence Awards. Award nomination deadline is Dec. 15.
Four of the awards are presented each spring at the annual Jewels of Nursing Excellence Gala with categories that include Outstanding Friend to Nursing, Outstanding Hospital or Health Care Agency, Outstanding SIUE School of Nursing Alumna/us and Outstanding New SIUE School of Nursing Alumna/us.
For more information, or to submit nominations for the awards, visit www.siue.edu/NURSING/newsandevents/index.html and follow the links to Jewels of Nursing Excellence for nomination forms. Forms can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX-ed to (618) 650-3854.
Details about the awards gala, set for Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Holiday Inn Collinsville, also are available on the Web site.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 35th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 6-7, in SIUE’s Morris University Center.
Vendors may rent booth space, based on a juried evaluation of arts and crafts to be exhibited and space available. Those interested in becoming a vendor should do so soon because spaces tend to be rented quickly.
Sponsored by the Morris University Center Print and Design Shop, the fair will be open from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. both days. There is no admission charge to attend the fair and the public is invited.
Items at the fair will include original works produced by local and regional artists and crafts persons. Many types of handmade goods will be available for purchase, including pieces made from clay, weaving, fiber, fabric, wood, metal, glass, leather, graphics, painting and photography. Selections for purchase will include many articles suitable for holiday gifts.
For more information about obtaining booth space or about the fair itself, call Tom Ostresh in the Print and Design Shop, (618) 650-2178.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The story of America’s prominent jazz legacy will debut on award-winning HEC-TV for viewers (on Channel 13 in St. Louis City and Channel 26 in St. Louis County) at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, during the premiere of Collective Improvisation: The Story of Jazz in Saint Louis.
The musical careers of St. Louis-area greats Miles Davis, Eddie Randle and Clark Terry, and others, will be examined. Highlighted in the program for its extensive jazz archive collection will be Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s own Lovejoy Library. More than 20,000 records are housed in the University library’s archives, which include 10,500 78rpm records, audio and videotapes, sheet music, piano rolls, photographs and oral histories.
“We are delighted to be involved with the HEC-TV jazz documentary,” said Jay Starratt, SIUE’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Dean of Library and Information Services. Following its premiere, the program will be shown at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the month of November.
Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library was named for Lovejoy, an abolitionist newspaper editor who was killed while defending his press from a pro-slavery mob in Alton in 1837. The library is home to many rare and historically significant collections, Starratt said, noting, “We are digitizing our collections to open them up to the entire world. It’s one more way to set SIUE apart from every other institution and provide value to our constituents by providing access to invaluable information and knowledge.”