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November 2007


·SIUE/SIUC Engineering Schools To Start Cooperative Program
·Enterprise Foundation Funds Second Year Of SIUE Business Recognition Program
·Kansas State Distinguished Professor To Speak Dec. 5 At SIUE
·Cast Photos For Every Angel
·School Of Engineering Agrees To Explore Cooperation With Henan University
SIUE Is Serious About Its Commitment To The Future
· A Season For The Child Continues With The Ant & The Grasshopper
·SIUE Associate Professor Of Engineering Wins Emerson Award
· Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center at SIUE Hosts A Seat At The Diner
· WPA Annual Pottery Sale Set For Nov. 30-Dec. 1 At SIUE
·SIUE Civil Service Organization Donates Proceeds To Staff Senate Scholarship Fund
SIUE Business, History Professors Named 2007-08 Fulbright Scholars
·'Finding Truth' Is Topic Of Nov. 28 WoRKS Dialogue
·Upcoming Hot City Theatre Offering Directed By SIUE Emeritus Professor
· SIUE Gamma Delta Receives National 2007 Chapter Service Award
· SIUE Graduate Student Investigates Robots For Harvesting Energy
· SIUE Graduate Student Challenges Americans To Define "Home"
· Graduate Programs Highlighted At SIUE Open House
·Improvisational Work Created By Students, Renowned Director
·Redmond To Be Feted At Retirement/Birthday Celebration Nov. 28
·Changes
·SIUE Madrigal Dinner Set For Nov. 28
·SIUE Graduate Learns Of Winning Prize For Work Overseas
·Foundation Board Welcomes Four New Members
· Nominations, Entries Sought for MLK Jr. Awards
·Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Comes To SIUE Nov. 30 For Arts & Issues
·BOT Approves Two Projects, Bleacher Purchase For SIU Edwardsville
· SIUE To Host 36th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
·Smoking Cessation Program Presented By Health Ed. Students
·SIUE Jazz Studies Alumni To Perform With The SIUE Jazz Bands
· SIUE Student Is 2007 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate
· SIUE Pharmacy Assistant Professor Is National Award Recipient
· SIUE Speakers Series To Address Middle East Misunderstandings
·Fall Staff Senate Scholars Announced
·SIUE School of Education Grant Program Receives Additional Funds
·Noted Philosopher To Speak At Statewide Conference Hosted By SIUE
·SIUE Construction Team Takes Second In Regional Competition
·CDB Head Visits Campus; Touts $25 Billion Capital Bill
· SIUE Ranked Among Princeton Review's 290 Best Business Schools
·Dance In Concert To Feature Piece Inspired By Trip To Cuba

11/30/07

SIUE/SIUC Engineering Schools To Start Cooperative Program

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A cooperative agreement offering a doctoral program in engineering science through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering and the College of Engineering at SIU Carbondale will begin during spring semester.

A doctorate in engineering science-encompassing areas of specialization in civil, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering-would open several doors of opportunity for a graduate, according to Oktay Alkin, associate dean for research and development for the SIUE School of Engineering. "Graduates will be sought highly by universities, research laboratories and engineering companies," Alkin pointed out.

The program, created last year with a "memorandum of understanding" between SIUE and SIUC, recognizes SIUE as a residency center for the doctoral program at Carbondale, said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering. "This is a great opportunity that will allow our faculty to engage in more externally funded research, publish in prestigious journals, and more importantly provide continuity in research with doctoral students being available longer than master's students," Sevim said.

Patrick Solt, a computer engineering major at SIUE, is the first student to enroll in the cooperative program. Solt has been provided with an academic advisor at SIUE who will chair a dissertation committee that consists of faculty from both campuses. The School of Engineering recently has launched a campaign to recruit for the program and inquiries already have been received from domestic and international students.

To begin, two courses taught by SIUC engineering faculty will be made available to SIUE graduate students by videoconference for Spring Semester. Engineering faculty at SIUE will return the favor in future semesters by making courses available to students in Carbondale.

Alkin explained that it will be possible for a student to complete the requirements of the degree without leaving Edwardsville, if that's what the student prefers. "The ability to complete the program in Edwardsville makes it very attractive for professionals employed in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area," he said.

John Nicklow, associate dean of SIUC's College of Engineering and director of the engineering science doctoral program, said the program will bring together more than 100 engineering faculty from both campuses. "This is a significant intellectual compilation that will benefit doctoral students and boost research capacity in both institutions," Nicklow said.

For more information about the cooperative program, contact Alkin, (618) 650-2541, or by e-mail: oalkin@siue.edu. Details of the program, including application materials and instructions, also are available through the Web: http://www.siue.edu/engineering/phd.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is proud to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and first half century of excellence. The University has grown from 1,776 students in 1957 to nearly 13,500 students today. SIUE is a catalyst for the cultural and intellectual vitality and economic development of Southwestern Illinois and the greater St. Louis region.

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11/28/07

Enterprise Foundation Funds Second Year Of SIUE Business Recognition Program

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) For the second year, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is funding an incentive program for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business, recognizing students who are active in one of the School's 16 student organizations.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Student Award will acknowledge and honor the work and dedication of student participants in these student organizations.

Through a competitive selection process, the Student Organization Award, which includes a $2,000 stipend for first place, will be awarded to the outstanding student organization for the year. In addition, each month, the Student Organization Leader of the Month Award will be presented to an outstanding student within one of the School's student organizations. They will be recognized with a $50 stipend and certificate.

A recognition program will be held at the end of the academic year to honor all student participants and to provide the opportunity for these students to network with Enterprise Rent-A-Car executives.

In the 2006-07 academic year, Emerging Leaders Influencing Things Everywhere won the 2007 Student Organization Award. The 2007 Student Organization Leader of the Month Awards went to: Michael Ulrich, Timothy Jones, Michele Carpenter, Lindsey Walters, Victoria Harris, Allison Olden, Leslie Jones and Nikki Grasshoff.

Since 1975, the SIUE School of Business has been among an elite 10 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB International accreditation assures that students are receiving the highest quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interaction of faculty and students within the educational process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

SIUE's accountancy program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.

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11/28/07

Kansas State Distinguished Professor To Speak Dec. 5 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Christopher Sorensen, University Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at Kansas State University, will be the 12th William C. Shaw Memorial Lecturer on Dec. 5 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Speaking about "Fire, Fractals and the Divine Proportion," Sorenson will appear at 7:30 p.m. that Wednesday in the theater of SIUE's Dunham Hall. The Shaw Lecture has been presented by the SIUE Department of Physics since its inception in the 1980s. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed at the door beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Sorensen, who also holds the University Distinguished Teaching Scholar Chair at KSU, researches particulate systems and soft matter physics. He has written more than 210 papers and holds five patents. In 2003, he won the David Sinclair Award of the American Association Aerosol Research for his work on aerosol fractal aggregates and light scattering, and he is currently serving as president of that organization.

Earlier this year, Sorensen was named the CASE/Carnegie Foundation National Professor of the Year for doctoral granting institutions. He also has won many teaching awards at KSU, and has introduced the "New Studio" method for instruction, integration of readings of the great scientists into the lowest-level, non-STEM physics course, and a summer workshop for teenage girls to give them mechanical skills relevant to science and engineering.

A native of Omaha, Sorensen received a bachelor of science in physics in 1969 at the University of Nebraska. After a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U. S. Army, Sorensen earned a doctorate in physics in 1977 at the University of Colorado.

Shaw was a dedicated physicist and educator long associated with SIUE, where he was professor of physics from 1959-1973 and professor emeritus until his death in 1977. After his death, Shaw's family and friends established the William C. Shaw Memorial Fund at SIUE, proceeds from which funded the construction of the Shaw Skylab on the north end of campus, used by students and keeping alive Shaw's love of teaching astronomy. The lecture series also is supported by the fund.

For more information, call the SIUE Department of Physics, (618) 650-2472.

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11/27/07

Cast Photos For Every Angel

The world premiere of Every Angel, a work created by internationally renowned improvisational technique artist Randy Dixon and an ensemble of SIUE theater students, opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in SIUE's James F. Metcalf Theater and continues at that curtain time through Dec. 1, and at the same time Dec. 6 through 8, then at 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9. Chuck Harper, director of theater performance for the department, assisted Dixon and the performers in creating this exciting piece of improvisational theater. Dixon is artistic director for Seattle's Unexpected Productions. For information or to purchase tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, ext. 2774, or visit the department's Web site for more information: www.siue.edu/THEATER.

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In Photo 1, Ana Lucasey, of Alton, as Emily Lemon, pouts while arguing in the sandbox with Julia Jacobs, portrayed by Emily Rose Mollet of New Baden. In the background are cast members who are playing nice: (from left) are Laurel Services of Honolulu, as Kristin DiPaola; Angel Kircher of Pocahontas, in the role of Kat DiPaola; Anna Skidis, of Glen Carbon, as Kaelie DiPaola; and Maggie Conroy, of St. Louis (63109), playing the part of Kit PIerce. In Photo 2, the children are playing nice with (in front) Jay Harvey, of ?, as Denny; Ana Lucasey, portraying the part of Emily; and Justin Holland, of St. Louis (63144), as Travis; (inside wagon) Angel Kircher, as Kat DiPaola, and Emily Rose Mollett, as Julia Jacobs (standing) Ana Skidis, portraying Kaelie Dipaola; Laurel Services, as Kristin DiPaola; and Maggie Conroy, of St. Louis (63109), as Kit Pierce. In Photo 3, the children are unhappy because they're not getting along. (SIUE Photos by Bill Brinson)

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11/27/07

School Of Engineering Agrees To Explore Cooperation With Henan University

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A delegation from Henan University of Science and Technology- located in Luoyang, Henan Province, the People's Republic of China-has signed a preliminary agreement with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering to explore cooperation in the areas of joint research, faculty exchange and student exchange.

The delegation was on campus recently to meet with Professor Keqin Gu, chair of the SIUE Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim and SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson. Henan's President Wang Jianji also met with SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift to sign a preliminary memorandum of understanding (MOU).

In addition to Wang, the delegation consisted of Zhou Xiejian, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Zhong Qinglun, the deputy director of the school's foreign affairs office. In addition to SIUE's top administrators, the delegation visited with Engineering associate deans Brad Noble and Oktay Alkin, department chairs and a group of about 10 Engineering faculty.

Gu said SIUE faculty were enthusiastic about the possibility of cooperation with Henan University. "They feel that such international cooperation is very important in a globalized world," Gu said. "They look forward to the new opportunities this may bring."

Click here for a photo of President Wang and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift speaking during the signing of the MOU with SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson.

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11/27/07

SIUE Is Serious About Its Commitment To The Future

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is serious about its commitment to the next 50 years. To prove it, the Department of Marketing and Communications has been using paper consisting of a high percentage of postconsumer waste (pcw) fiber for its 50th Anniversary projects.

This is one step in the right direction when it comes to implementing sustainable initiatives, said Heather Kniffel, SIUE's manager of marketing and communications. Kniffel oversees the SIUE graphic design office.

"We use paper; it is unavoidable," Kniffel said. "Any way we can cut down on the use of energy and resources when we use paper makes us more responsible and we are proud to support responsible use of forest resources."

Kniffel explained that Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is critical to deciding what type of paper to use. FSC certification means the paper has been tracked throughout the paper-making and printing processes to ensure that it is made following the most sustainable practices currently available. FSC is an international nonprofit organization that was established in 1993 to slow global climate change, and protect old growth forests and indigenous groups.

For one project, a total of 1,000 copies of a 12-page program for the 50th Anniversary convocation ceremony were printed. FSC certified paper was used, saving nearly six trees, and preventing the creation of 551 pounds of net greenhouse gasses, the consumption of more than 4.2 million BTUs of energy, 2,528 gallons of wastewater flow and just over 17 pounds of waterborne waste.

The department also chose paper that was produced by the use of emission-free wind-generated electricity, which saved 286 pounds of air emissions and 681 cubic feet of natural gas from being used.

The combined benefit is equal to an individual not driving 310 miles or someone planting 19 trees.

Kniffel said from this point on, SIUE's annual, high-level publications will use PCW paper and be FSC certified. Such projects include the Chancellor's report, as well as the deans' reports, which are communications that highlight special programs and opportunities available through each of the schools-pharmacy, engineering, business and nursing-and the university's annual foundation publication.

"As professionals in educational graphic design and marketing, we have the ability to lead our profession by making informed choices and being good environmental stewards," Kniffel said. "The choices we make today can have a positive impact on the environment tomorrow."

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11/26/07

A Season For The Child Continues With The Ant & The Grasshopper

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Season for the Child (SfC), the family-oriented live theater season sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) and TheBANK of Edwardsville, continues its 19th season with The Ant and The Grasshopper on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The annual holiday program features two performances-at 2 and 7 p.m.-both in the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. FOTAD offers its holiday show twice Dec. 1 to accommodate those families that are busy during the holidays.

SfC features professional theater troupes from St. Louis staging adaptations of various children's stories, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience. Presented by the Imaginary Theatre Company of St. Louis (ITC), the touring arm of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, this musical adaptation of the familiar and delightful fairytale based on Aesop's fable reveals a musical moral about sacrificing now to prepare for an uncertain future.

FOTAD, a support group for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, uses the proceeds to help fund merit awards for talented SIUE theater and dance students. Each year, the organization awards some $5,000 in merit scholarships to qualified students. FOTAD also funds scholarships for new freshmen entering the theater and dance program.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Other productions during the 2007-08 season include Goldilocks and the Three Bears, at 7 p.m. Jan. 26; and A Midsummer Night's Dream … In the Wink of an Eye, at 7 on March 29.

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11/26/07

SIUE Associate Professor Of Engineering Wins Emerson Award

Bradley Noble, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate dean of the School of Engineering at SIUE, recently won an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Noble received the award at a ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Clayton, Mo.

"Since joining SIUE in 1996, Dr. Noble has consistently received outstanding comments from students in his classes,"said Hasan Sevim, dean of the School. "On course evaluations, students compliment him on his teaching style, enthusiasm, and showing them how they can apply the theory they are learning." Sevim also pointed out that Noble won the SIUE Excellence in Teaching Award earlier this year. The award is the highest accolade a teacher can receive at the University.

"It is very rewarding to help students cultivate and develop their own passion for the subject," Noble said. "I try to keep in touch with my students after they graduate and when they tell me that I have been a positive influence in their life, it is the best part of my job. It is a real honor to receive this award and be recognized by the community." Noble resides in Jersey County with his wife Penny, and their two children.

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award Program annually recognizes 100 pre-school through higher education teachers throughout the St. Louis region for their vital role in shaping students' lives. Recipients are chosen for outstanding contributions to the teaching profession and to the students they teach. Winners of the award were formally honored at the ceremony where each honoree received an engraved Tiffany crystal apple.

Click here for a photo of Professor Noble

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11/21/07

Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center at SIUE Hosts A Seat At The Diner

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Academy of Science-St. Louis and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois will host an informational seminar and panel discussion titled A Seat at the Diner: Entrepreneurial Issues in Food Sustainability.

The event, which will start at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with a reception at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, will take place in the Technology and Management Center in SIUE's University Park, 245 S. Research Drive.

"Across the country, demand for sustainable, specialty, organic and locally grown foods is on the rise," said Kristine Jarden, director of the Entrepreneurship Center. "Surfacing from this demand is a socioeconomic model for food systems where newer niche, value-added and local markets are staking their claim alongside the more conventional, commodities-oriented food and agricultural markets."

Speakers will include Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman, associate professor and chair of the Saint Louis University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Jack Erisman, former president of the Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Network and the Erisman Farm, which is Illinois' largest organic farm, and Darlene Knipe, extension specialist for marketing and business development for the University of Illinois Extension.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is recommended. For more information, or to register, contact Jarden, (618) 650-2166, or, kpolo@siue.edu.

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11/19/07


WPA Annual Pottery Sale Set For Nov. 30-Dec. 1 At SIUE


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Wagner Potters Association will conduct its 36th Annual Pottery and Glass Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the atrium lobby of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Art and Design Building.

Parking is available in Lot B (attendant parking) east of the Art and Design Building. Items for sale will include pieces created by students and faculty from the SIUE Department of Art and Design. For more information, call the department, (618) 650-3071, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3071.

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11/19/07


SIUE Civil Service Organization Donates Proceeds To Staff Senate Scholarship Fund


The SIUE Civil Service Banquet Planning Committee recently donated its 50-50 raffle proceeds of $200 to the Staff Senate Executive Committee for the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund. The proceeds were gathered at this year's Annual Civil Service Banquet held in October at the Moose Lodge in Edwardsville. The banquet, with its theme of "Tricks and Treats," was attended by more than 110 Civil Service employees.

The evening featured Matt Paris, SIUE Library and Information Services faculty member at Lovejoy Library, who performed excerpts from The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce. SIUE student Jess Germigin, a magician, also performed. He will graduate next semester with a bachelor's in literature and a minor in anthropology. He's been involved in magic, both performing and creating, for 15 years.

Shown in the photo are: (Front row) Maxine Bell, Traci Claro, Melanie Schoenborn, Sherri Guardiola and Pat Connaway. (Back row) Laura Scaturro, Todd Bartholomew, Roxanne Field and Anita Corradini.

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11/19/07


SIUE Business, History Professors Named 2007-08 Fulbright Scholars


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two professors at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-one retired-recently were named Fulbright Scholars and will travel overseas to offer their expertise.

Bijoy Bordoloi, professor of computer management and information systems in the SIUE School of Business, is lecturing about Information System, Technology, Management and E-business at Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, through February.

Richard Millet, professor emeritus of Historical Studies at SIUE and distinguished chair in American studies, will lecture and conduct research on Experience of the Past: Dilemmas of the Present at the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark, through next month.

Fulbright award recipients are chosen based on academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. More than 30,000 Fulbright recipients participate in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. For more than 60 years the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and other countries.

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11/17/07


'Finding Truth' Is Topic Of Nov. 28 WoRKS Dialogue


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "Finding Truth: Science and Religion Compared" is the topic of a Nov. 28 presentation by the World Religions, Knowledge, and Science (WoRKS) Group, Edwardsville, which offers dialogues about religion and science for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community and surrounding communities throughout the academic year.

SIUE Emeritus Philosophy Professor George Henderson will conduct the dialogue at 7:30 p.m. in the SIUE Religious Center, the geodesic dome designed by famed theorist R. Buckminster Fuller at SIUE. WoRKS also conducts a Distinguished Speakers Series.

The Nov. 28 presentation and dialogue is part of the WoRKS Study Group series which is discussing the book Belief in God in an Age of Science by John Polkinghorne (Yale UP, 1998). Readings are optional, and participants may attend any or all of the monthly dialogues. WoRKS Group events are free and open to the public. Parking is available for $1 per hour in Visitor's Lot B, between the Religious Center and the Morris University Center.

The WoRKS Group-Edwardsville is among approximately 240 science and religion dialogue groups worldwide supported by the Metanexus Institute, which seeks to encourage thoughtful and dynamic exploration of the interrelationship of science and religion. The group's initial three-year series of events is funded by a grant from the Institute, with matching funds provided by the SIUE Graduate School, the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy, the University Religious Council and the Friends of the Religious Center.

For more information, contact Greg Fields by telephone, (618) 650-2461, or by e-mail: gfields@siue.edu, or visit www.metanexus.org.

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11/17/07


Upcoming Hot City Theatre Offering Directed By SIUE Emeritus Professor


The upcoming production of Permanent Collection at Hot City Theatre in St. Louis is not only directed by an SIUE emeritus professor but also features an SIUE theater instructor and a former SIUE student, both of whom have appeared several times on the SIUE Main stage.

Theater and Dance Emeritus Professor Bill Grivna is directing Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons, continuing through Dec. 1 at the Art Loft Theatre, 1529 Washington Ave., in downtown St. Louis. Curtain is 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with Sunday performances at 7 p.m. General admission is $20; students and senior citizens (62+), $15.

The play is billed as a "searing examination of racial politics that ultimately asks how much space-literally and figuratively-the white world gives to African Americans." The story revolves around a world famous art collection that includes several significant African pieces hidden from the public. Grivna explains that a clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection. "Gibbons compels each of us to look honestly into ourselves, to seek deeply personal answers to questions that can divide us," Grivna said. "However, these same divisive questions could easily be about current issues in politics, religion, even science; any topic upon which there are passionately divergent views."

The cast features Ron Himes, producing director of the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre Company, and Donna M. Parroné, an SIUE alumna who started her career as a student at SIUE and now is a part-time instructor in the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance. She has been seen on St. Louis and Edwardsville stages several times over the years, most recently in The Probe: An Inquiry into the Meteoric Rise and Spectacular Fall of Orson Welles in Hollywood. She also is development director for Hot City. The play also features Kevin Beyer, who started his career at SIUE and who did community theater for many years with the Arts League Players in Edwardsville before he gained prominence in Chicago and then St. Louis theater productions. He has appeared in several productions in St. Louis, including his award-winning portrayal of Salieri in Amadeus.

Himes, who founded the Black Rep some 30 years ago has helped the company become a prestigious and award-winning organization with national recognition. He has directed more than 100 plays in that venue including August Wilson's The Piano Lesson and I Remember Harlem II. His national theatrical credits include work for the University of South Carolina; the Delaware Theatre Company; the Indiana Rep; and the Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., to name a few. He also has been featured in many plays over the years at the Black Rep and has performed in other venues throughout the St. Louis area, including a production of Driving Miss Daisy at SIUE in the early 1990s, which Grivna also directed.

Grivna joined the SIUE theater and dance faculty in 1977 after spending several years as an actor and a teacher, including appearances at the Guthrie Theater and the Chanhassen Theatre in Minneapolis and as an artistic director and teacher at the Artists Enterprise Theatre in San Francisco. He directed many plays for SIUE and for the old Theatre Project Company in St. Louis, for which he won several accolades. He has been directing for Hot City in St. Louis and also continues to teach Ta'i Chi.

Reservations for Permanent Collection may be made by calling (314) 289-4060 or by visiting the Web site: www.hotcitytheatre.org.

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11/16/07


SIUE Gamma Delta Receives National 2007 Chapter Service Award


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Gamma Delta Chapter recently received the national Eta Sigma Gamma 2007 Chapter Service Activity of the Year award.

Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honorary, was established in 1967 to enrich the profession of health education and health promotion.

SIUE's Gamma Delta Chapter was given the award because of its commitment to "elevate the standards, ideals, ethics and competence of the profession," according to a statement. Members of the local chapter organized a Mid-West Regional conference for local Eta Sigma Gamma chapters. Of 30 chapters invited through traditional and e-mail invitations, as well as the inclusion of an article in the ESG Vision newsletter titled, Professional Activities in St. Louis, representatives from more than 85 percent of Gamma Delta members participated in the planning, implementation or evaluation of the conference.

Conference participants took part in a full day of training, as well as networking and fellowship opportunities.

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11/16/07


SIUE Graduate Student Investigates Robots For Harvesting Energy


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Imagine a space shuttle arriving in orbit, its bay doors opening, and a collection of thousands of individual robots, each with a piece of the reflector attached to them, float out into space. These robots then navigate themselves to form a large parabolic structure, which is then used to harvest solar energy.

If you can imagine it, welcome to the mind of Ross Mead, graduate student in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering. Mead, the recipient of numerous state and national awards and author of several published works, not only imagines this for the future; he wants to make it a reality.

Mead, who recently was awarded an SIUE Research Grant for Graduate Students, introduced a project titled, Cellular Automata for Control and Interactions of Large Formations of Robots. The project, which is his thesis, involves using large groups of robots that autonomously coordinate into a grid to form a solar panel or reflector. Mead admits there are many factors that will influence the outcome of this project.

Mead asks, "How does this large collection of robots communicate and coordinate their activities to form an organized parabolic structure resembling a reflector? How do the robots know when and where to move to maintain their position within the formation? And how can one operator or a small group of operators communicate with thousands of robots to effectively change the formation as needed?"

As a graduate student, Mead has been able to work with highly capable and qualified mentors in the field of computer science. His mentors have helped groom and prepare him to take on his latest proposal.

From now through July, Mead will work on developing an interconnected network of 18 low-cost robots of his own design that will follow commands in synch, using his scalable formation control algorithm, "making it the largest implementation of robots in formation to date," he said. "The algorithm will be capable of dynamically determining the appropriate size of a neighborhood for a given formation definition; it will then provide the robot with information necessary for it to establish relationships with its neighbors."

Mead said the results will fuel further studies and act as a baseline for future robot swarm control.

"The work Ross proposes to do for his thesis is a necessary and important extension to realize large formations of robots for applications such as search and rescue, or the space solar reflector as described in his proposal," said Jerry Weinberg, associate professor of computer science and chair of the department. "This work would be the first of its kind to demonstrate robots moving into grid formations."

Weinberg continued, "The proposed research is novel and has practical applications based on current research at NASA and the National Security Space Office. In addition, [Ross] has significant expertise in the area of robotics that makes the potential for a successful project very high."

Mead plans to submit the results of his research to the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in summer 2008. Among his other accomplishments and distinctions, Mead recently was named SIUE's 2007 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Each year, a student from each of Illinois' four-year public universities is chosen to represent their institutions.

A native of Edwardsville, Mead first discovered engineering, computer science and robotics in high school. Since then, he has excelled in his study of computer science, research in robotics, and has given presentations and lectures at the local, regional and national levels. Mead currently has six publications and 11 presentations to his credit.

Mead also has achieved success in his academic endeavors at SIUE through his participation and instruction in several outreach programs for K-12 robotics workshops. He served as the main teaching assistant to the SIUE School of Engineering High School Robotics Program and conducted the workshop for last year's Regional Botball Competition, while also conducting two SIUE Undergraduate Research Academy Projects.

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11/16/07


SIUE Graduate Student Challenges Americans To Define "Home"


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) It has been said that home is where the heart is. One Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate student is testing that adage.

Research conducted by Sharon Bean, an MFA student through the graduate school in the SIUE Department of Art and Design, shows that in the 60 years since the end of World War II the average footage of a single family home in the United States has increased by roughly 250 percent, while the average family size has decreased by nearly one-third.

Bean, who was awarded an SIUE Research Grant for Graduate Students for a proposal based on this information, is creating at least 20 copper etchings, measuring one square foot each, four large woodcuts and a large sculptural work in Habotai silk.

"It is my hope that my work will stimulate thinking in each viewer about how they perceive the essence of home," Bean said. "How do they think of and feel about their 'nest'?

"Will a few reconsider their approach to creating a personal space?"

One of the reasons she is producing and exhibiting her work is to "provide a catalyst for viewers to consider and discuss their own approaches to home and the resulting impact on lives.

""If we are seeking 'home' will we find it in oversized, square footage or in excessively luxurious décor? I suspect that the showplace house is more about façade, curb appeal and keeping up with the Joneses than about what is comfortable and truly life enhancing."

Bean also plans to examine the implications of increased square footage on a global scale-resulting in greater energy consumption and contributing to global warming and the depletion of natural resources.

"My thesis, Edifice Complex, is an investigation of excess in personal living spaces and the impact that such excess might have on the quality of lives of inhabitants, plus the burden on personal resources and global natural resources," said Bean. "My investigation surrounds the question of whether the extremely capacious house results in comfort and a sense of 'home' or whether the ownership of the very large house instead places burdens on individuals and natural resources and negatively impacts quality of life."

Thad Duhigg, professor of art and design and chair of the department, described Bean's project as "a timely one dealing as it does with global environmental issues," noting, "In recent years, resource consumption has moved from the margins becoming an urgent and mainstream concern for many Americans.

"As a result, I believe Ms. Bean's willingness and desire to take her work beyond the university environment will result in receptive audiences."

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11/16/07


Graduate Programs Highlighted At SIUE Open House


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An open house at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will take the mystery out of applying to graduate school.

Prospective students can get the facts about the 65 graduate programs offered at SIUE, during two upcoming open house events.

Open House events will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Those interested in learning more about what SIUE has to offer will learn about graduate admission requirements, such as deadlines and standardized tests, as well as graduate education financing options, graduate assistantships and competitive graduate awards.

Graduate programs are available in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing.

"SIUE offers a unique learning environment where students have the opportunity to be mentored by distinguished faculty who are engaged in their scholarship," said Stephen Hansen, associate provost and dean of the SIUE Graduate School. "Our students also gain practical knowledge, as well as practice in their fields."

SIUE moved into the top 10 in the Top Public Universities Midwest-Master's category, according to the 2008 U.S.News and World Report rankings. Moving up nine positions in the Midwest-Master's ranking, among public and private universities since last year, no Illinois public university ranked higher than SIUE. Rankings are based on several criteria, including a peer assessment by university administrators.

"SIUE offers opportunities far beyond an undergraduate education," said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of Admissions and Academic Marketing and the open house

coordinator. "In addition to some of our more popular graduate programs, like the MBA and public administration, we offer some very specialized programs, such as art therapy counseling and a master's in marketing research, one of just a few in the nation.

"A few more years of study can make a world of difference to a career."

Free parking for the Nov. 27 events is available in Lot B, next to the Morris University Center. For more information, or to register, visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/graduateopenhouse.

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11/15/07


Improvisational Work Created By Students, Renowned Director


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Department of Theater and Dance continues its 2007-08 theater season Nov. 29 with the world premiere of Every Angel, a work created by internationally renowned improvisational technique artist Randy Dixon and an ensemble of SIUE theater students.

The play opens in SIUE's James F. Metcalf Theater at 7:30 p.m. on that Thursday and continues through Dec. 1, at the same time Dec. 6 through 8, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9.

Chuck Harper, director of theater performance for the department, assisted Dixon and the performers in creating this exciting piece of improvisational theater. Dixon is artistic director for Seattle's Unexpected Productions. The play-created through long-form improvisation, story-telling and collecting autobiographical memories from the performers-revolves around the theme of childhood fears.

For information or to purchase tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, ext. 2774. Visit the department's Web site for more information: www.siue.edu/THEATER.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is proud to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and first half century of excellence. The University has grown from 1,776 students in 1957 to nearly 13,500 students today. SIUE is a catalyst for the cultural and intellectual vitality and economic development of Southwestern Illinois and the greater St. Louis region.

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11/15/07


Redmond To Be Feted At Retirement/Birthday Celebration Nov. 28


A retirement and birthday celebration for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Emeritus Professor Eugene B. Redmond is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum, Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Redmond, who will turn 70 on Dec. 1 and who retired Sept. 1 after 19 years of service to the University as a member of the English Language and Literature faculty, will be on hand for the reception and performances by the Soular Systems Ensemble, the East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble, pianist Reggie Thomas and the SIUE Jazz Combo. In addition, poetry readings will be presented by poets Shirley LaFlore, Quincy Troupe and SIUE Professor Allison Funk.

Exhibits and special presentations also will be available including Images & Homages-"Memwars" from the EBR Collection, an overview of the many photos Redmond has taken over the years of poets, important leaders and friends. In addition, a book signing will take place for Vol. 15 of Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural journal of "literary, cultural and vision arts." Copies of the journal will be available for purchase.

For more information about the event, call (618) 650-3991.

11/15/07


Changes


Retirements Effective Sept. 1, unless otherwise noted

  • Patricia Bortko, a coordinator for the East St. Louis Center, effective Nov. 1, after nearly 19 years of service.
  • Marsha Brady, a community worker at the East St. Louis Center, after 15 years of service.
  • Garrett Collins, a coach in Intercollegiate Athletics, effective Oct. 1, after more than 28 years of service.
  • Alice Farley, a professor of English Language and Literature, after more than 12 years of service. She was granted emerita status.
  • Donna Genovese, a secretary in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, effective Nov. 1, after more than 19 years of service.
  • Ellen Lavelle, a program director in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective Nov. 1, after more than eight years of service.
  • Harold Melser, an executive director in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for University Relations, effective Oct. 1, after six years of service.
  • Shirley Portwood, a professor of Historical Studies, after 26 years of service. She was granted emerita status.
  • Mary Ray, a community worker for the East St. Louis Center, after 13 years of service.
  • Eugene B. Redmond, a professor of English Language and Literature, after 19 years of service. He was granted emeritus status.
  • Isaiah Smithson, a professor of English Language and Literature, after 23 years of service. He was granted emeritus status.
  • Carol Snyder, a building service worker for the Morris University Center, after nearly 11 years.
  • Gustave Wills, a broadcast engineer for the Department of Mass Communications, effective Nov. 1, after 22 years of service.
  • Robert Wolf, a professor of Philosophy, after 37 years of service. He was granted emeritus status.

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11/13/07


SIUE Madrigal Dinner Set For Nov. 28


Reservations are being taken now for the Seventh Annual Renaissance Madrigal Dinner, presented by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music and at a new location this year-the Crystal Room of GC Cuisine and Cherub Gardens, 1230 University Drive, Edwardsville-on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Reservation deadline is Nov. 26.

The SIUE Madrigal Singers will provide the musical and "variety" entertainment during the evening that includes a "royal Renaissance feast at which are kings, queens, dukes, duchesses, counts, countesses, and lords of lower estate, and nobles also a great number," says the "royal conductor" Joel Knapp, director of choral activities for the department.

"Everyone has great fun at the Madrigal Dinner every year," Knapp said. "We have a lighthearted selection of activities planned as well as several madrigal pieces for the holiday season-some serious and others not so serious. We must keep the lord of the manor and his guests in good humor so that all may enjoy this incredible feast."

Admission is $40 per person and includes a four-course meal and an evening of entertainment. Proceeds benefit the department's scholarship fund. Also available are special "scholarship seats," preferred seating priced at $80 each, which includes a $40 tax deductible donation to the department. For information or to make reservations, call "the fair lady Martee," (618) 650-3900.

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11/13/07


SIUE Graduate Learns Of Winning Prize For Work Overseas


Cole Ramsey of Bowen, who graduated earlier this year from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a bachelor's in business administration/finance, recently learned he won the annual HSBC Bank prize for his scholarly achievement at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England.

Ramsey was a student at Sheffield during spring semester as part of an exchange program with that university through the SIUE School of Business International Program. Ramsey earned the honor for his work in an International Trade Finance module, offered through Sheffield's Department of Organization and Management.

He finished third in the module class. He also has been invited to a special ceremony to receive the award in Sheffield this week.

The SIUE program helps to prepare students for successful careers by providing them with international educational opportunities through faculty exchanges and study abroad, travel study courses, and service learning experiences. The program also provides students with current information about global business practices in the St. Louis area by bringing professionals on campus to speak about their experiences in international business and providing support for the international business student organization, the International Business Association.

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11/9/07


Foundation Board Welcomes Four New Members


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The newest members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation Board of Directors include Monsanto's CIO, the Holland Construction Services Inc. CEO, a partner at the St. Louis accounting firm RubinBrown and a clinical professor at the SIU School of Dental Medicine (SIU/SDM).

Veteran Monsanto CIO Mark Showers joins Bruce B. Holland, CEO Holland Construction, RubinBrown CPA Walter R. Knepper and SIU/SDM's Dr. Neal W. Roller as the newest elected directors of the Foundation Board.

Showers, who has been with Monsanto for nearly 25 years, has spent most of his career in the information technology area with the exception of two years when he was a member of the Strategic Planning group. In addition, he is a member of the External Advisory Board for the SIUE School of Business.

He also is active in the St. Louis community as chairman of the St. Louis Coalition for Information Technology, board chairman for the Technology Entrepreneur Center and as a member of the Innovate St. Louis board. In addition, Showers serves on several academic advisory boards at Washington University in St. Louis. At the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Showers is a member of the High Performance Computing Center Advisory Board.

In 2007, Showers was named one of the Premier 100 Leaders in Information Technology by Computerworld magazine.

Holland is responsible for business development, contract negotiations and overall company management at Holland, which specializes in construction of shopping centers, financial institutions, health care-senior care facilities, office buildings, educational facilities and light industrial/warehouse facilities in Illinois and Missouri.

Holland has served on numerous boards and committees to promote development and growth in the Southwestern Illinois region. He has been past president, a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Transportation Committee, all for the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. For the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program, he was chairman and trustee and also is past president of Belleville Economic Progress Inc., past president and a member of the board of the Associated General Contractors/So. Illinois Builders Association, and a board member and a member of the St. Louis Regional Business Council Executive Board.

In addition, Holland has been a board member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Regional Chamber and Growth Association, the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation and the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, to name a few.

Knepper, a certified public accountant and a partner in the Tax Department at RubinBrown, specializes in estate and financial planning, succession planning and optimizing strategies for middle market companies. His technical concentrations include pass-through entities and structuring of merger and acquisition transactions. His industry concentration includes manufacturing and distribution, real estate and service organizations.

In addition, Knepper has served on the boards of the Newman Center, Miriam Hall, St. Paul Books, Media Center and Family Business Forum as well as the Media Club. He also is currently board chairman of the SIUE School of Business Advisory Board.

Dr. Roller has been on the faculty of the SIU/SDM since 1975. Before that he served for two years as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. Since 1994, Roller also has been an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University Health Science Center. He is certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine and the American Board of Periodontology and also is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the SIU/SDM Dean's Advisory Board.

SIUE is proud to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and first half century of excellence. The University has grown from 1,776 students in 1957 to nearly 13,500 students today. SIUE is a catalyst for the cultural and intellectual vitality and economic development of Southwestern Illinois and the greater St. Louis region.

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11/9/07


Nominations, Entries Sought for MLK Jr. Awards


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nominations are being sought for the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian and Scholarship awards to be given at the Feb. 5, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Entries also are being sought for an essay, poetry, and visual arts competition for high school students.

The awards are given each year to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

An SIUE employee as well as a resident of Illinois is each eligible for a Humanitarian Award, while a current SIUE student is eligible for the Scholarship and Humanitarian Award.

Nomination applications are available at the Kimmel Leadership Center on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 7. Guidelines and entry forms have been sent to all area high schools for the essay, poetry, and visual arts competition. Winners of the high school competition will receive a $100 honorarium and a plaque of recognition.

Applications for the scholarship and the humanitarian awards are available for download at www.siue.edu/kimmel/awards/mlk.shtml. For more information, call the center at (618) 650-2686.

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11/9/07


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Comes To SIUE Nov. 30 For Arts & Issues


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, with its special brand of music infusing old-school jive and a lively horn section, continues the Arts & Issues 2007-08 season at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Nov. 30. The Cassens Companies are sponsoring the band's appearance.

Arts & Issues is in its 23rd season of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, with music that puts the "zoot" in zoot suit, will appear at 8 p.m. that Friday in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. BBVD promises an evening of music that swings-rockin' and rollin' with a bit of Dixieland and some jazz thrown in, and a bit of the old Rat Pack flavor. With a New Orleans sensibility, BBVD takes their swing into a modern direction.

Grant Andree, director of the Arts & Issues series, said he dares anyone to keep their toes from tapping while listening to the group's swinging sound. "We'll have an area reserved for dancing in Meridian Ballroom during the concert," Andree said. "Our audiences love these guys and won't be able to stay seated when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its high energy musical rollercoaster to our stage."

The group has been touring non-stop, performing more than 100 concerts annually around the world. They have played from Hawaii to Florida to Finland with sold out crowds. The band also has been collaborating with symphonies in select cities, including the Air Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC; the Hartford (CT) Symphony; the Columbus (OH) Symphony; and the Dayton (OH) Philharmonic Orchestra.

"And, if they like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy," says Andree, "they're going to love Sandra Reaves-Phillips who will hit the Arts & Issues stage Saturday, Feb. 2, with her special brand of jazz and blues." Through her singing, Reaves-Phillips honors the memories of Billie Holliday, Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, to name a few." Reaves-Phillips' appearance is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

In addition to Reaves-Phillips, the next performer during the 2007-08 season will be Arlo Guthrie on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, sponsored by the SIUE Alumni Association.

Other speakers in the series include Anna Deavere Smith, playwright, professor and performance artist, on Thursday, March 27, in Meridian, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Anna Quindlen on Thursday, April 24, in Meridian, sponsored by National City Bank.

To purchase tickets, call (618) 650-2774 or visit the Web site: artsandissues.com. For additional information about the Arts & Issues series, call Grant Andree, (618) 650-2626.

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11/8/07


BOT Approves Two Projects, Bleacher Purchase For SIU Edwardsville


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved two projects on the Edwardsville campus with budgets totaling $12 million and also approved the purchase of new bleachers and a wood floor for SIUE's Vadalabene Center at a cost of up to $2 million.

Project and budget approvals were given to construction of an Olympics standard wrestling and volleyball center at a cost of $10 million and a $2 million expansion of the SIUE Early Childhood Center. The board voted on the matters at its regular meeting conducted on the Carbondale campus.

The board had approved planning in October for the center that will house SIUE intercollegiate wrestling and volleyball as well as provide a venue for community-based youth wrestling programs. Project plans call for the center, which will be funded through private donations, to meet standards to serve as a Midwest Olympics Wrestling Training Center.

In March, the Board approved planning for the Early Childhood Center expansion that will include increased capacity, create observation and seminar areas for SIUE early childhood education students, and provide a storm shelter in the basement of the building, which is located across from the Rec-Plex. The center reports a capacity of 54 children with a waiting list of more than 130; the renovation will add space for 34 more children. The project will be funded by an internal loan to be repaid through center user fees and University operating funds.

According to the Board, the bleachers and floor are part of a $6 million partial renovation of the Vadalabene Center gymnasium that was approved in September. The "pre-ordering" of the bleachers and floor approved today was necessary for the project to be completed by the beginning of basketball season in October 2008. In addition to new bleachers and floor, the entire renovation project includes construction of classroom and storage space in the gymnasium as well as renovation of existing space.

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11/8/07


SIUE To Host 36th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 36th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 5-6, 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 Center Print and Design Shop, the fair will be open from 9 a.m.-6 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 people. 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.

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11/7/07

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P. Apponey Is Employee Of The Month For November


Congratulations:
Patricia Apponey of Staunton, a secretary in Dining Services (second from right), is recipient of the November Employee Recognition Award. She is shown here with Ann Emmanuel (far right), who nominated her, and her supervisor, Loris Schneider (far left). To Apponey's right is Kenneth Neher, vice chancellor for Administration who made the presentation. In addition to the plaque she received, Apponey 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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11/5/07


MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY


Smoking Cessation Program Presented By Health Ed. Students

Three SIUE Students Collaborated In Creating The Workshop

  • Who: Three SIUE Health Education students
  • What: Commit To Quit 2008 smoking cessation workshop
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7
  • Where: YMCA, 1200 ESIC Drive, Edwardsville, IL

Three undergraduate senior community health education students (Christina Martin of Chicago (60643), Kylie Scobbie of Glen Carbon and Aubrey Mahanay, also of Edwardsville) will be presenting the program they've planned. While planned by the students, they also have collaborated with the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Association. The program will encourage and assist those in the surrounding community who would like to become smoke free for the new year and the new Illinois state law that prohibits smoking in public places. For more information, call Aubrey Mahanay, (618) 973-6460.

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11/5/07


Jazz Studies Alumni To Perform With SIUE Jazz Bands


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) As part of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's 50th Anniversary Celebration, several alumni musicians will perform-along with the SIUE Concert Jazz Band directed by SIUE Jazz Studies Professor Brett Stamps and the SIUE Jazz Lab Band directed by Jason Swagler, a member of the Jazz Studies faculty-at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the theater at SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall.

Alumni to be featured during the concert include guitarist Rick Haydon, pianist Kara Baldus and tenor saxophonist Tim Stamps.

Haydon will perform two selections from his acclaimed CD, Just Friends, on the Mel Bay label, and arranged for big band by Cody Henry and Brett Stamps. Baldus will perform an arrangement by SIUE Music Professor Reggie Thomas of Duke Ellington's Mood Indigo. Tim Stamps will perform Travels by Pat Metheny as a tribute to the late Michael Brecker.

The Concert Jazz Band will showcase the music of Thad Jones that Jones wrote for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band. The SIUE Lab Band will perform selections from the Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones songbooks.

Admission to the Nov. 14 concert at SIUE is $5; senior citizens and those under 18, $3. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.

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11/5/07


SIUE Student Is 2007 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student Ross Mead represented the institution this year as SIUE's 2007 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Mead, a senior computer science major, is one of 48 student laureates honored recently at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Each year, a student from each of Illinois' four-year public universities is chosen to represent their institutions. The students receive a Student Laureate Medallion, a $150 honorarium and a certificate of achievement.

Mead was honored with the award, because he is the top senior at SIUE, as determined by his excellence in curricular and extra curricular activities.

A native of Edwardsville, Mead first discovered engineering, computer science and robotics in high school. Since then, he has excelled in his study of computer science, research in robotics, and presentations and lectures at the local, regional and national levels, while pursuing his degree at SIUE. Mead currently has six publications and 11 presentations to his credit.

"This is an extraordinary performance by an undergraduate student" said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering.

Mead has participated and offered instruction in numerous outreach programs for K-12 robotics workshops. He served as the main teaching assistant to the SIUE School of Engineering High School Robotics Program and conducted the workshop for last year's Regional Botball Competition, while also conducting two SIUE Undergraduate Research Academy Projects.

Brad Noble, associate dean of the School, and Jerry Weinberg, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, agree Mead's enthusiasm and dedication to learning and service to the community are exemplary.

"He has made countless demonstrations and his talent for public speaking, combined with his enthusiasm makes him a compelling orator," Noble said.

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11/2/07


SIUE Pharmacy Assistant Professor Is National Award Recipient


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Jessica Kerr received the 2007 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award recently during the Illinois Pharmacists Association's (IPhA) awards conference in St. Charles.

To qualify for the award, candidates must be members of the state organization, licensed in Illinois and must have received an entry degree in pharmacy less than 10 years ago.

The award "honors and up-and-coming pharmacist, an individual who shows tremendous commitment to the profession and his/her community, leadership potential, professional aspirations and involvement in community service," according to a press release from the IPhA.

Kerr, a Fairview Heights resident, is a 2001 graduate of the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy program. She has been teaching at SIUE since 2005 and was recognized this year as the School's Pharmacy Practice Faculty Member of the Year.

"This award recognizes Dr. Kerr's leadership role among pharmacists in the area of diabetes education and clinical pharmacy," said SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. "She is an excellent role model for our students through her hard work and interest in student education and patient care.

"Her accomplishments are extensive and we are proud to have her as part of our team."

A member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Association of College of Pharmacy, Kerr is very active in the community. She also is the student advisor to the student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association.

Kerr is a clinical pharmacist at John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Outpatient Clinic in Belleville, at which she provides geriatric and cardiovascular risk management services to U.S. veterans in Southern Illinois.

Click here for a picture of Jessica Kerr, SIUE assistant professor of pharmacy practice, center, with SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon, left, and Mark Luer, SIUE professor of pharmacy practice and chair of that department.

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11/2/07


SIUE Speakers Series To Address Middle East Misunderstandings


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Discovering the Middle East through Literature and Poetry: A Speakers Series, will bring a glimpse of life in the Middle East to the Midwest. Four acclaimed speakers will engage audiences during four programs next semester at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Tami Al-Hazza, a curriculum specialist and expert in Arab literature for children and young adults at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and former faculty member at Kuwait University, will talk about literature, poetry, teaching and the Middle East. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Mississippi/Illinois Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

Al-Hazza has published several works, including most recently Literature About the Middle East: Selecting and Using it with Children and Young Adults.

Internationally acclaimed Naomi Shihab Nye, an award-winning poet and author, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the Morris Center. Nye is an Arab-American who has traveled the Middle East and Asia three times for the U. S. Information Agency, promoting a spirit of cooperation through the arts.

Zeina Azzam Seikaly, who has been the outreach coordinator for the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University since 1994, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Mississippi/Illinois Room. Seikaly-author of articles, books and film reviews-works closely with teachers in K-12 classrooms to integrate lesson plans that introduce Arab literature to children across the country.

Noted author and poet Howard Schwartz, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Mississippi/Illinois Room. Schwartz is recipient of two prestigious awards: the 2005 National Jewish Book Award for Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism and the Koret International Jewish Book Award for Before You Were Born.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gloria Reading, (618) 650-3433.

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11/2/07


Fall Staff Senate Scholars Announced


Scholars: Morgan Clymer of Godfrey, a senior at SIUE studying Spanish, and James J. Feigl III of Edwardsville, a sophomore at SIUE, are recipients of the 2007 Fall Staff Senate Scholarship. In photo No. 1, Morgan (third from left) is flanked by SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift (at left) and Morgan's father, Kim, a painter in the Crafts Department at SIUE. To Kim Clymer's left are Jesse Harris Jr., treasurer of the Staff Senate, and Staff Senate President Todd Bartholomew. At far left is Melanie Schoenborn, Staff Senate Scholarship Committee chair. In photo No. 2, James is flanked by Chancellor Vandegrift and James' mother, Kathleen Feigl. To Mrs. Feigl's left is James' father, James Feigl II. To the elder Feigl's left are Harris and Bartholomew. At far left is Schoenborn. The scholarship is awarded annually to an SIUE staff member's child or grandchild eligible under the scholarship's academic guidelines. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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11/1/07


SIUE School of Education Grant Program Receives Additional Funds


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A nearly $195,000 award will allow the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education to expand a program that benefits K-12 schools and teachers in 16 counties.

Thanks to the support of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Springfield), the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program will receive funding beyond 2008, through The Library of Congress.

The program, formerly known as Adventure of the American Mind, has helped provide resources for training and mentoring of more than 500 educators, as well as nearly $250,000 in technology awards to area schools and teachers. Since 2002, the program has been awarded nearly $1.3 million.

Educators can peruse more than nine million historical items in more than 100 themed collections on a Web site, known as American Memory. They can choose pieces from the Web site, www.memory.loc.gov/, to enhance their curricula.

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11/1/07


Noted Philosopher To Speak At Statewide Conference Hosted By SIUE


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Elliott Sober, the Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be the keynote speaker Nov. 9 at the annual meeting of the Illinois Philosophical Association to be conducted this year on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The noted philosopher will speak about "Evolution Without Metaphysics?" at 7 p.m. in the Redbud-Oak Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris Center. Sober is especially known for his influential work in the philosophy of biology.

He is author of numerous books and articles, including The Nature of Selection: Evolutionary Theory of Philosophical Focus (MIT, 1984); Philosophy of Biology (Westview Press, 1999), which has been translated in three languages; and Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, with David Wilson (Harvard, 1998). Sober is working currently on a manuscript for Cambridge University Press, Evidence and Evolution.

For more information about conference registration, contact Todd Stewart by e-mail: tstewart@ilstu.edu or by writing Todd Stewart, Secty. Treasurer of the IPA, Department of Philosophy, Box 4540, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790

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11/1/07


SIUE Construction Team Takes Second In Regional Competition


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A six-student team from the Department of Construction in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering took second place in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Great Lakes Region Design/Build competition conducted recently in Downers Grove.

The SIUE team, known during the competition as Trophy Construction, finished behind the 2006 national champion, the Milwaukee School of Engineering. SIUE team members are: Megan Ladwig, of Edwardsville; Matt Giacomini, of Williamsville; Kevin Nesselhauf, of Festus, Mo.; Bill Nolte, of Brighton; Jessica Charles, also of Edwardsville; and Oliver Coulson, of Troy. The team was coached by Associate Professor Kerry Slattery, a member of the construction faculty.

The undergraduate student competition, co-sponsored by the ASC and Associated General Contractors, simulated a real-life, high-pressure situation. The teams were asked to design, price, schedule, and prepare a professional presentation in an extremely tight time frame. The team is judged on estimating, planning, scheduling, thoughtful methodology, creativity, understanding of construction techniques and challenges, and presentation skills.

For this competition, the students were required to submit a prequalification document at 7 a.m. on the first day of the competition. The teams received a request for proposals for a $22 million medical office building for a private orthopedic group. Over the next 17 hours, the teams were sequestered in hotel rooms, and had to create a design and produce an estimate as well as a schedule. To add further pressure, the "owners" submitted changes at various times throughout the day. Completed proposals were submitted at midnight.

Materials for the oral presentations were submitted to the judges by noon the next day, with the presentations made shortly thereafter. A debriefing after the presentations served as the educational component of the competition, allowing students to receive feedback and also ask questions of the judges.

Ladwig was president and project executive; Giacomini was vice president and senior project architect; Nesselhauf was director of pre-construction and senior estimator; Nolte was project manager and scheduler; Charles was senior project engineer and sustainable construction coordinator; while Coulson was project superintendent.

In addition to the SIUE construction faculty, several companies helped the team prepare for the competition: Tarlton Corporation, Korte Construction, McCarthy Building Companies, Kozeny-Wagner, and alumni of SIUE's construction program, who help pay for student registration and traveling expenses with an annual golf tournament fundraiser.

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11/1/07

CDB Head Visits Campus; Touts $25 Billion Capital Bill


Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift joined CAS Dean Kent Neely recently in welcoming Jan Grimes to campus during her tour of the state to urge the Illinois House to pass Illinois Works, a pending $25 billion Capital Development bill that would provide $70.6 million for much-needed projects on the SIUE campus including a renovated Science Building and construction of a new science laboratory building.

Grimes, who is head of the Illinois Capital Development Board, addressed members of the media at a news conference in one of the deteriorating labs of the Science Building. "It's been eight long years since the state has had a major infrastructure development," Grimes pointed out. "In that time our roads have aged, schools and universities have deteriorated.

"We have a great need for infrastructure; it's been way too long," she said.

Vandegrift, who introduced Grimes, said passing of the bill is very important to students, faculty and to the University as a whole. "The new Science Laboratory Building will allow us to attract more students, retain students and faculty, and ease our current lab space problem," Vandegrift said. "In fact, the lack of a new science building is the single most important factor limiting the future growth of SIUE."

He praised Grimes as a dedicated director and said he was pleased she had included SIUE on her tour. "We're so pleased that she's where she is (in Springfield) and is so committed to the development of appropriate facilities for Illinois."

Dean Neely said SIUE has "extraordinary faculty and extraordinary students who could do greater work if they had a better facility in which to work." He pointed out how the College of Arts and Sciences has retrofitted labs to assure continued safety but that the labs are deteriorating quickly.

Neely introduced two students who had stories to tell about coping with outdated facilities and overcrowding. "We talk about the great work of our faculty and the exciting things taking place at SIUE, but it's measured in students like these," Neely said. "They are the future of our state; they will impact the workforce."

Environmental Sciences major Erica Hussar spoke of the overcrowding and how difficult it is to find adequate space to do graduate level research. "We have to reschedule around other students, often having to come in at night," she said.

Ben Paulson, also an environmental sciences major, said: "You can see the deterioration of the woodwork in the labs and the labs are very crowded," he said. "It might engender camaraderie, but it's not conducive to concentration."

Vandegrift said a new facility would help SIUE continue to deliver a quality education. "We need to continue to recruit high quality students and faculty, and a modern facility that enables people to conduct classes and accomplish research is very significant to the future growth and development of SIUE."

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11/1/07


SIUE Ranked Among Princeton Review's 290 Best Business Schools


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business has been ranked as a Best 290 Business School in the 2008 edition of the Princeton Review.

Results are based on student surveys and institutional data from 2007. The Review stated students surveyed indicated they were drawn to the SIUE School of Business because of its reputation and its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-International. Students also said they were attracted to "the convenience of night and weekend courses" and the school's affordability-being the most affordable tuition in Metropolitan St. Louis.

"We are pleased that the Princeton Review has confirmed that our School ranks among the country's best," said SIUE School of Business Interim Dean Tim Schoenecker. "Even more gratifying is that this recognition is based, in part, on feedback from our students."

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 10 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from the AACSB. Only 30 percent of all business schools in the United States are accredited by the AACSB.

The Princeton Review, based in New York, is known for its test-preparation courses, education services, and college and graduate school admission services. To learn more about the Princeton Review, visit the Web site: www.princetonreview.com.

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11/1/07


Dance In Concert
To Feature Piece Inspired By Trip To Cuba


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Theater and Dance faculty visited Cuba earlier this year and came back with stories to tell and, of course, visions of spirited music and salsa dance.

Professors C. Otis Sweezey and J. Calvin Jarrell traveled to Cuba to soak in some culture and also bring back a flavor of the island to students. The results of their efforts will be seen in Fusión de Carnaval en Santiago de Cuba, a vibrant dance with nearly 20 dancers moving to the salsa beat but also with African influences and a contemporary dance flavor.

Fusión will appear in Dance In Concert 2007, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 7-10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, all in the theater at SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. The concert also features works by Mikey Thomas and Kerry Shaul, also members of the SIUE dance faculty.

"I wanted to make contact with some Cuban dancers and/or choreographers and, perhaps, visit the National Dance Museum in Havana," Jarrell explained. "I met William Danger (DAHN-herr) who is artistic director of his own dance company, Santiago de Cuba, blending Cuban dance with contemporary movement."

Jarrell, who is a certified movement pattern analysis practitioner, said Cuban culture has for centuries had a tradition of music and dance. "The whole country moves, from the time they learn to walk," he said. "I was astonished to see that even elderly people dance and they were moving as exuberantly as the young people."

In Cuba, Carnaval finds its origins in the 18th Century when each city would celebrate on the feast day of that city's patron saint. Some 250 years later, the celebration came to symbolize Fidel Castro's takeover in 1959. "The first half of our dance has the Carnaval flavor embodied in the movement and in the costumes," Jarrell said, "but the second half blends African, Australian, jazz and fusion influences."

The Carnaval aspects also have been captured in Sweezey's exciting costumes. "Look anywhere in the Caribbean or Latin America," Sweezey said, "and you'll find vibrant colors, probably because the sun is so intense it brings out the natural colors of the islands. In turn, the colors are represented in the costume dance traditions. "They also use 'moveable floats' in the parades," Sweezey said. He noted Cubans construct lightweight metal structures with wheels over which parade participants drape the costume. "I decided these moveable float structures look like walkers that elderly people use to get around," he explained. "so I purchased a few walkers to save time and money.

Sweezey said he's incorporating a variety of colorful fabrics. "Some satins, shiny and sparkly fabrics," he pointed out. "But, when we move into the African portion of the dance, the costumes will change to African patterns as opposed to solid colors.

"It's going to be an exciting dance and I hope the costumes will add to that experience for the audience."

Thomas' piece, The Candy Pitch, is "a result of the aerial dance training we had last year for the dance students," Thomas said. "It's our chance to use that training." Thomas pointed out that the dance piece is reminiscent of a circus act à la Cirque du Soleil, "but without the height," he said. "The piece is extremely physically demanding, colorful and fast-paced. There's no intent to tell a story but I hope the audience will find a connection to circus."

Thomas explained that aerial dance started in the 1970s in California and was based on circus trapeze acts but with more artistry. "For our piece, most of the devices are low to the ground and we don't need nets," Thomas explained. "It's been quite physically challenging for the dancers. It's like going out on your swing set in the backyard and having a show."

Tickets to Dance in Concert 2007 may be purchased through SIUE's Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, toll-free, (888) 328-5168, ext. 2774.

Photos 1 | 2: Photo 1 shows dancers rehearsing for Mikey Thomas' Candy Pitch, while Photo 2 is a photo of members of the dance troupe, (SIUE Photos by Bill Brinson)

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