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November 2009

·Kwanzaa Celebration Set For Dec. 15 In East St. Louis
·Entrepreneurial Spirit Reigns In SIUE’s CEO Club
·SIUE Extends Alternative Tuition Rates To Eastern Missouri Students
·SIUE Constructors Club Not ‘Playing Around’ But Building For Future
·Centralia Native Named SIUE's Student Laureate By Prestigious Lincoln Academy
·A Season For The Child Continues Dec. 12 At SIUE With Bah! Humbug!
·‘Break Word With The World’ Program Offers Nov. 17 Event
·20th Anniversary Of Toppling The Berlin Wall To Be Observed At SIUE
·Upward Bound Students Visit SIUE For Transportation Institute
·Design Build Team At SIUE Takes Second In Regional Competition
·R. Crail Named Employee Of The Month For November
·St. Louisan Mark Holland, Autumn’s Child To Perform For A&I
·Dance In Concert Nov. 11-15 At SIUE; From Paris To America
·Nov. 17 Jazz Concert To Feature Big Band Music
·SIUE School Of Pharmacy, SLU Pharmacology Receive $975K NIH Grant
·IDHR Makes First Stop At SIUE To Highlight Sexual Harassment Law
·SIUE To Host Second Preview For College-Bound Students, Parents
·38th Annual SIUE Holiday Crafts Fair Set For Dec. 2-3


Kwanzaa Celebration Set For Dec. 15 In East St. Louis

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Writers Club and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of English Language and Literature will present their 23rd annual holiday family Kwanzaa celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Room 2083 of Building B on the Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis. Kwanzaa: A (Free) Community Celebration begins at 6 p.m. and features a Kwansaba candle lighting ritual with the Soular Systems Ensemble—Roscoe Crenshaw, Susan Lively, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy and Treasure Williams, under the leadership of Eugene B. Redmond, professor emeritus of English Language and Literature at SIUE, poet laureate of East St. Louis and founder of the EBR Writers Club.

The evening also includes A Suite of Kwansabas for 2009, an open mic session and a bazaar with books, gifts and fabrics for purchase. The kwansaba, invented by the Writers Club in 1995, is a poetic form consisting of seven lines of seven words each with no word containing more than seven letters. Exceptions to the seven-letter (maximum) rule are proper nouns and some foreign words.

For more information, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-3991, or write the EBR Writers Club, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202-6165. The EBR Writers Club co-publishes Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural journal, with the SIUE English department. Club trustees include noted authors and poets Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe and Lena Weathers. Past trustees included celebrated authors/institution builders Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Raymond Patterson (1929-2001) and Barbara A. Teer (1937-2008).

The event is cosponsored by the East St. Louis Cultural Revival Campaign Committee, Drumvoices Revue, the Black River Writers Press and the Renaissance Literary Arts Press.

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Entrepreneurial Spirit Reigns In SIUE’s CEO Club

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The one thing that keeps Drew Foster up at night is the fear that he will become 40 without having at least tried to attain his dream of owning a business. So, the Cox Scholarship winner from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business has been working to ensure sweet dreams for himself and he’s a step closer by winning the “30 Minutes with an Entrepreneurial Hero” national competition.

The economics and finance major had planned a career in corporate law. “I came to SIUE on a Meridian Scholarship, and since then I’ve received the Cox Scholarship from the School of Business, all of which has allowed me to save some money, with the idea of going to law school,” Foster said. “My plan was always to go to law school, but I recently attended the national Collegiate Entreprenuers (CEO) Conference where I heard someone say: ’Don't let your biggest fear be looking back at the ‘me’ I could have been.’ I began to think about myself practicing law years from now, working in torts or contracts, and I would look back and regret not taking the plunge to start my own business, becoming an entrepreneur.”

Foster now has traded his plan for a juris doctor with a plan to earn an MBA. “One of the business ideas I’d been considering was a bike share program at SIUE such as they have in Europe,” Foster explained. “But I decided that would be too costly right now.” A shared bicycling program would involve a large outlay of expense to provide free bicycles for the entire campus. So, Foster has put that on hold.

After Foster received the Cox Scholarship, he learned of the SIUE CEO Club, which has been dormant for a few years. “I decided to start it up again,” he said, “and in response we received 100 applications to join the first year. Now that we have a core following again, we’re planning some projects, trying to build up the group to more than it had been in the past.” Foster said the club is planning speed networking sessions and lunch with a CEO. “Another of the plans we’ve discussed—‘Project eBetterment’—involves coming up with a business idea, an innovation to make the University even better.”

Returning to the subject of the CEO competition, Foster said he interviewed Theresa Willams who runs the Blessing Basket Project, an organization dedicated to reducing poverty “in developing countries by paying Prosperity Wages® for artisan products,” according to the project’s Web site. The Web site goes on to state: “This unique financial model creates a cycle of entrepreneur driven growth resulting in permanent financial independence for the artisan.”

“I wrote an essay about Theresa and the project and submitted it to the national CEO competition; in about two weeks I was notified I had won the $1,000 first-place prize.” As a gesture of giving back, Foster said he is working hard with the revived CEO Club at SIUE to make it a vital organization again. “I wanted to give back in some way; my plan for the CEO Club is to become a foundation for youth entrepreneurship in the Midwest, to literally inspire, to innovate and to give youth the idea they can forge their own future, that they can break away from the usual path and they can be their own boss,” Foster said. “It all furthers the idea that as an entrepreneur we take that risk, take that plunge. I want to do that by actually starting new businesses through the CEO Club with the help of the 42 core members we have now."

Foster said the CEO Club contains members across a wide spectrum of majors, not just business. “We have about 30 percent business majors but also artists, musicians and others. I want to see this blossom into something amazing for the students and for the University,” he said. “My dream is to return in 10 years and find that perhaps 20 of those members have started their own businesses. I’m excited about the possibilities.”

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SIUE Extends Alternative Tuition Rates To Eastern Missouri Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift has announced the University’s alternative tuition program for the 2010-11 academic year-for high-achieving and talented students in nine Eastern Missouri counties as well as the city of St. Louis. In 2008, the SIU Board of Trustees established a geographic enhancement award program at SIUE that provides an alternative tuition rate for qualified students. Today’s announcement focuses on qualified students from Eastern Missouri counties, including St. Louis, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Warren and Washington.

Under the new guidelines, a typical Eastern Missouri scholar who declares Illinois residency during sophomore year could save $33,000 over four years. During freshman year at SIUE, a student must live on campus to qualify for the discretionary tuition rate—1.2 times the current in-state (Illinois) rate. They also must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scott Belobrajdic, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management, said the first-year tuition for these students under the program will be much lower than the usual out-of-state rate. “They will receive what will amount to an $8,000 scholarship during their freshman year,” Belobrajdic said. “And, if they elect to follow the simple process for establishing Illinois residency during that first year, their tuition will drop to in-state (Illinois) rates for years two, three and four; hence, the savings of some $33,000.

“We are offering this special rate to qualified admitted students with a 23 composite ACT score or higher.”

The program, according to Belobrajdic, promotes geographical access and a campus climate of academic excellence to the benefit of all SIUE students. “As a premier metropolitan University, this program allows SIUE to compete for the best students in the region,” he said. “It helps us maintain our growing reputation as we offer our quality academic program to a wider audience.”

Two high school counselors from Missouri said they agreed the program gives students more option for making important decisions about future academic pursuits. “I have a good number of students applying every year,” says Julie Kampschroeder from Pattonville High School, “however, the current out-of-state tuition prohibits my students from attending SIUE. I am thrilled our students with a 23 ACT or better, who apply by early December, will have the opportunity to attend SIUE at the in-state cost. Our district is only 35 minutes from Edwardsville and now my students have another great financial option and wonderful majors to choose from so close to home.”

Beth Brasel, at Lafayette High School in St. Louis County, said she’s excited by the news that Missouri students have a chance to consider SIUE. “With the increasing cost of higher education and the current economy, this allows students opportunities to pursue an education at a fine institution close to home and at a reasonable cost.”

Belobrajdic pointed out that a completed application must be received electronically by Dec. 11, or must be mailed and postmarked by that date to qualify for the award program.

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  • Douglas Bock, a professor of CMIS, was named chair of that department Aug. 16.
  • Ryan Downey, a counselor in the Office of Admissions, was named assistant director of admissions July 13
  • Tammy Dugan joined the University Oct. 19 as assistant director of employer relations in the Career Development Center
  • Susan Dustin joined the University Aug. 16 as an assistant professor of management and marketing
  • Eileen Harrison joined the University July 20 as an academic advisor in the School of Engineering
  • Christa Hopp joined the University July 1 as an assistant professor of restorative dentistry
  • Diane Hudson, assistant professor of library and information services, left the University Aug. 31
  • Kimberly Hurley, assistant professor of kinesiology and health education, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere
  • Barbara Levergood joined the University Sept. 16 as an associate professor of library and information services
  • John McLaughlin joined the University Sept. 14 as an admission counselor
  • Gregory Sierra joined the University Aug. 16 as an assistant professor of accounting
  • Dianne Kay Slattery, professor of construction, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere
  • Kerry Slattery, associate professor of construction, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere
  • Eboni Thompson joined the University Sept. 8 as an admission counselor
  • Gregory Vogel joined the University Aug. 16 as an assistant professor of anthropology
  • Gina Williams joined the University Sept. 1 as an admissions coordinator

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  • Peter Bukalski, professor of theater and dance, effective July 31, after more than 15 years of service

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SIUE Constructors Club Not ‘Playing Around’ But Building For Future

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Constructors Club, made up of construction management majors from the SIUE School of Engineering, has been resurrected to do what they do best—construct. And, the newly revived club recently finished its first project—constructing a playground for the village of Summerfield, near Lebanon.

Nick Heinz, the newest president of the student organization, decided the club had been dormant long enough. “I felt we needed to become more involved in the community,” Heinz said. Heinz heard from Assistant Professor Chris Gordon, chair of the Department of Construction, Summerfield officials had purchased playground equipment for its park and needed help with construction of the playground. “Professor Gordon suggested it would be a great project for us and we decided to take it on,” Heinz said. He said the playground equipment was placed in a 40-foot by 40-foot area in the city’s park. “The playground equipment consists of large plastic and metal pieces—slides and walkways. “It was a large project but it went up pretty quickly,” Heinz said. “I was surprised it went so quickly but we started on Friday and had it done the following Sunday.”

It’s been estimated that the city would have had to pay a contractor some $10,000 to get the job done. “It was not an easy job, by any means,” Heinz said. “The spec book itself was about an inch thick.” Heinz explained that one of the student’s father owns an excavation company in Aviston. “Matt Marcus’ father owns Markus Backhoe & Trenching Service and he himself works for his Dad. So, Matt already has all the excavating skills. Without Matt and his father’s generosity, we would not have succeeded on this project.”

Heinz said they had enough volunteers who put in a total of about 300 hours to get the job done quickly. “We first had to survey the area,” Heinz pointed out. “We then drilled 34 concrete footings (foundations) and assembled the playground pieces, setting anchoring pieces in the foundation holes. After that we poured the concrete. The project was in large part preplanned and managed by senior Garth Hand,” Heinz pointed out, “who coordinated the logistics of bringing volunteers to the site, matching volunteers to tasks and troubleshooting the installation process.”

Once the project was finished, city inspectors looked over the work and pronounced it rock solid and safe, Heinz said. “We had to have it inspected by the village and it passed with flying colors.” According to Melissa Stoltz, who acted as a liaison with the mayor’s office, the playground was already in use and is being enjoyed by residents.

In addition to looking for more construction projects, Heinz is trying to bring speakers to campus who are in the construction trade to help students better learn about the industry. “I’m also looking at the club helping with a Habitat for Humanity project in Glen Carbon behind the Wal-Mart,” he said. “With Dr. Gordon’s help, we’ve gotten the group going again,” Heinz said. “We had elections in the spring and, in addition to me, the current officers are: Vice President Tyler Doughty, Secretary Garth Hand and Treasurer Dan Einhorn.” Heinz will graduate soon with a degree in construction management and a minor in business administration but is returning next year to SIUE to begin MBA studies in the SIUE School of Business. “My career plan is to be skilled in construction and grounded with a solid business education to one day own my own company.”

Click here for a photo suitable for print. In the photo, Garth Hand, a construction management major from Freeburg, helps with the assembly of the playground equipment. (Photo by Chris Gordon)

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Centralia Native Named SIUE's Student Laureate By Prestigious Lincoln Academy

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Stephen Garland, a senior English education major from Centralia, recently received the Student Laureate Award for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Each year, the Lincoln Academy honors outstanding seniors representing the values and virtues of America's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The state's four-year degree-granting colleges and universities each select a single recipient to represent institutions annually. As SIUE's current recipient, Garland received a medallion and a certificate from the Lincoln Academy during a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. He also had lunch at the Executive Mansion and the opportunity to mingle with state legislators and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

"When I learned that I had been selected, I was excited because I doubt I will be afforded many other opportunities to have lunch with the Governor of Illinois," he said.

Garland looks at the award as a chance to be recognized throughout the state for his achievements. He said he is honored to have been chosen for the Lincoln Laureate Award, and proud of his academic and extra-curricular work while at SIUE.

"My key to success has probably been my sociability," Garland said. "I looked forward to every first day of class because I got to make new friends who could help me on a paper or meet me for coffee when I was stressed out over a tiny detail."

Garland also was the recipient of SIUE's Emergent Student Leader Award in spring 2009 and the Student Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008.
Currently a student teacher in the Alton School District, Garland expects to graduate in May 2010. He will have endorsements to teach speech communication and mathematics at the high school and middle-school levels.

"English teaching jobs are not the easiest to find and, hopefully, my Lincoln Laureate status will give me another positive edge," he said.

Click here for a photo of Stephen J. Garland, a native of Centralia, Illinois and a student at SIUE, is recognized as a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during a special convocation November 7 at the Old State Capitol State Historic in Springfield. Shown presenting the honor, left to right, are, Lincoln Academy Chancellor John B. Simon; SIUE Dean Carl Springer; recipient Stephen Garland, Jill Anderson of SIUE and the Honorable Richard Mills, Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

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A Season For The Child Continues At SIUE Dec. 12 With Bah! Humbug!

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Bob Cratchit works in an ATM machine and Scrooge throws the remote at ghosts. Fractured Christmas tales? No, it’s the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) holiday show, part of the organization’s A Season for the Child. This year it's the return of Bah! Humbug! staged in two performances by the Imaginary Theatre Company (ITC) , the traveling arm of the Repertory Theatre Company of St. Louis, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in SIUE’s Dunham Hall theater. The ITC has been working with FOTAD for nearly two decades and continues to produce family-oriented theater.

In ITC’s version of A Christmas Carol, audiences will travel with the three spirits on a journey through past, present, and future as old Ebenezer Scrooge learns the joys of kindness and giving. Can Christmas be saved for the Cratchits? Playgoers will find out in this musical romp that promises to put a smile on the “Scroogiest” of faces.

Bah! Humbug continues A Season for the Child, in its 20th year of presenting family-oriented theater to Southwestern Illinois audiences. The series, sponsored by FOTAD, TheBANK of Edwardsville and Ameren Illinois Utilities, features professional theater troupes from St. Louis that stage adaptations of various children’s stories, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience. Next month, Piwacket Theatre Company will present one of the most popular fairytales of all time—The Emperor’s New Clothes—at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in Dunham Hall theater. Tickets are $5 per person and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

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‘Break Word With The World’ Program Offers Nov. 17 Event

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) “2009: Reflections & Projections in Poetry, Dance, Jazz and Visuals”—a feature of the Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Writers Club’s annual “Break Word with the World” program—will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Bldg. D of the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive. There is no admission charge. Redmond, a professor emeritus of English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and poet laureate of East St. Louis, founded the EBR Writers Club in 1986. All writers are welcome to meetings conducted at the SIUE East St. Louis Center on the first and third Tuesday, September through May.

Club trustees include Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Jerry Ward Jr. and Lena J. Weathers. Darlene Roy is president. Featured poets/performers at the Nov. 17 event will include members of the Soular Systems Ensemble—Roscoe Crenshaw, Susan Lively, Charlois Lumpkin, Darlene Roy and Professor Redmond—along with Michael Castro, K. Curtis Lyle, Patricia Merritt, Jeffrey Skoblow, Lena J. Weathers and Treasure Williams. “2009” also will feature an open mic segment. In addition, the “2009 Experience in Dance,” performed by the SIUE Center for the Performing Arts (directed by Theo Jamison), also will be presented, along with “Michael’s Magic, Miles’ Smiles, Motown’s 50th, Michelle’s Show-&-Tell & Other 2009 ‘Milestones,’” a mixed media exhibit of “festivals & funerals.”

Curated by Alfred Henderson II, an SIUE graduate student and special assistant to Redmond, the exhibit will feature photos, posters, newspapers, magazines, art work, book and (LP) album covers, T-shirts and other memorabilia from the EBR Collection. Rounding out the event will be “Jazz to the 2009th Degree,” an “eclectic repertory” from the East St. Louis Senior High School Concert Band, directed by Delano Redmond.

In addition to the EBR Club, other sponsors of “2009” include Drumvoices Revue, a literary journal published by the EBR Club and the University; SIUE; the Black River Writers Press; and the East St. Louis Cultural Revival Campaign Committee. For more information about the EBR Writers Club or area cultural-literary activities, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-3991, or write the group at P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62201 or by e-mail:

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20th Anniversary Of Toppling The Berlin Wall To Be Observed At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Students and faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with special events next week. Students and Professors Exploring All Cultures (SPEAC) will recreate the infamous wall on the Stratton Quadrangle on Monday, Nov. 9, exactly 20 years after the most prominent symbol of the Iron Curtain fell. SPEAC spokesperson Elisabeth Jones said the depiction will be 20 feet by 8 feet and will be made out of wood for the sake of portability and practicality.

The wall will first be constructed off-site and then reassembled on the Quad by SPEAC members. Copying the original wall, SIUE students will be invited to paint graffiti on it while on display in the quad. The wall will be on display through Friday, Nov. 13. As part of the display, a special exhibit about German culture and heritage will be on display in the Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 9 and 10. More than 200 students from local high schools will visit the SIUE campus on Nov. 9 to view the exhibits and listen to a presentation on the politics of the Berlin Wall by Professor Belinda Carstens-Wickham, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

For more information, contact Elisabeth Jones:

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Upward Bound Students Visit SIUE For Transportation Institute

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) About 20 Upward Bound students recently graduated from a program through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering's Cooperative Transportation Institute, in conjunction with SIU Carbondale.

The students involved in the institute participated in several activities, including building Popsicle®-stick bridges, operating a driving simulator and competing in "Transportation Jeopardy." The students also took part in an incident management demonstration, assuming the roles of police and firefighters.

The students involved in the institute interacted with SIUE School of Engineering Formula 1, Solar Car and Mini Baja teams.

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Design Build Team At SIUE Takes Second In Regional Competition

Competing against several regional construction schools at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Great Lakes Regional Competition held recently, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Design Build competition team through the School of Engineering placed second.

The competition challenged student teams to design, schedule, estimate, write and present a proposal for an ambulatory care facility within a 24-hour period. Team members Ashtyn Doty, Garth Hand, Henry Fylstra, Mark Schaefer, Chris Lovellette and Casey Nell, all seniors, made up the SIUE construction engineering team.

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R. Crail Named Employee Of The Month For November

Congratulations: Rhona Crail, office support specialist in the Office of Clinical Experience, Certification and Advisement in the School of Education, is the November recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Crail is receiving the award from Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration Richard Walker. Crail was nominated for the award by Gretchen Fricke, director of the office. In addition to the plaque she has been presented, Crail was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations, as well as parking close to her office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

Cick here for the photo suitable for print.

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St. Louisan Mark Holland, Autumn’s Child To Perform For A&I

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) St. Louisan Mark Holland and the new world musical group, Autumn’s Child, will perform Nov. 18 for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Arts & Issues series. The evening of beautiful music has been especially created for this concert to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday season. The group will perform a unique hybrid of world music, jazz, classical and folk music—all referred to by Holland as “Global Chamber Music”—which also features the haunting beauty of his Native American flute. Set to perform in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center, the 7:30 p.m. concert is part of the Arts & Issues 25th Anniversary Season.

“Mark Holland is one of the top Native American flute players in the country and we are thrilled to have him here at SIUE,” said Grant Andree, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. “This is also a one-time event in that we are bringing in seven additional outstanding musicians to perform with Mark.” The instrumentation will include cello, piano, guitar, percussion, harp and tabla. “We are honored to have such beautiful music be a part of our series,” Andree said. “It complements the many styles of music we’ve highlighted over the past 25 years.” Autumn’s Child also will be joined for the Nov. 18 concert by Lowery Begay, noted Native American hoop dancer.

Holland, who tours solo and with St. Louisan Peter Mayer’s Stars and Promises concert series, also appears on tour with members of Autumn’s Child, some of whom have performed with Sheryl Crow, Paul Winter (as in the Paul Winter Consort) and the late John Cage. Considered by musical aficionados of the Native American flute to be among the top flutists performing and recording today, Holland’s unique musical approach, along with his technical skills, have attracted a strong following. Known for his unique style of “playing from the heart,” Holland has been a featured performer at three international Native American Flute Association conventions and also has performed at music festivals from Michigan to New Mexico.

He has recorded tracks for a future PBS documentary, “Redemption Road,” and has appeared as a guest performer on the album Horsepower by Capitol recording artist Chris Ledoux. Holland also has recorded his own albums, many of which have been nominated for the Indian Summer Music Awards, the Native American Music Awards and the Just Plain Folks Music Awards, to name a few. In addition, music by Autumn’s Child has been featured on NPR, PRI, JPR and various satellite radio stations as well as various community and internet stations.

Tickets for Mark Holland and Autumn’s Child are $27; SIUE students, $13; SIUE employees and retirees, as well as all senior citizens, $25. Ticket information, subscription rates and ticket sales are available on the Web site:, or by calling (618) 650-5774. In addition, an Arts & Issues season brochure is available at several locations throughout the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area, or by calling (618) 650-5194.

Most of the 2009-10 Arts & Issues photos suitable for print are available at

Other appearances during the milestone season will include:
Carpe Diem Quartet and Peter Soave—“The Music of Aldemaro Romero”
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Dunham Hall Theater (LIMITED SEATING)

The Grammy Award-nominated Carpe Diem String Quartet, a musical group that has captured the imagination of audiences around the world, and internationally acclaimed bandoneon and concert accordionist Peter Soave will perform the music of the late Aldemaro Romero, who was an international recording star with RCA Victor and one of the foremost Latin music orchestra leaders in the world.

Steve Squyres-“Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet”
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom

Sponsored by the Shaw Memorial Fund
“Spirit and Opportunity” have always been prominent in the life of Steve Squyres, best known as the face and voice of NASA’s mission to Mars including the pioneering and spectacular drive across the Red Planet’s surface by two high-tech robotic rovers. He will detail to the Arts & Issues audience how he turned what seemed like an improbable dream into a successful $800 million reality.

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Dance In Concert Nov. 11-15 At SIUE; From Paris To America

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Multi-colored lighting, silk fabric and the music of Chopin are contributing elements to the excitement that is Dance In Concert 2009, from Nov. 11-15 in the theater at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dunham Hall. J. Calvin Jarrell’s piece, Letters from Versailles, will be one of several exciting dances in the concert. Jarrell, who is the dance director for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, pointed out that Versailles actually made its debut during Dance In Concert 2006. Jarrell also is artistic director for the upcoming concert.

Another portion of the concert will feature Native American Gerard Tsonakwa, of the Abenaki tribe and a native of Quebec. He is a featured guest choreographer who will present a multimedia dance piece. It all comes together during DIC ’09, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 11-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Tsonakwa, former executive director of the United American Indians Administration in Philadelphia, is well known for his storytelling abilities and his piece, Maheo: An Abenaki Creation Story, is a good example of his specialty. He has since turned his focus to storytelling and creating award-winning art in stone, and bone and wood inspired by the legends of his tribe and others. His dance piece is from a cycle of Abenaki stories dating from approximately 900 CE.

Tsonakwa currently is director of the Plumer School of Arts and Sciences in Tucson, and as an artist and author has had more than 100 feature exhibitions in museums and galleries, including a guest curatorship at the San Diego Museum of Man. He also has written five books and 12 audio productions and has been heavily involved with the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.

Letters is Jarrell's homage to the legendary palace that King Louis XIII built outside Paris in the 17th Century as a hunting lodge and private retreat. But it was his successor, Louis XIV, who transformed it into an immense and extravagant palace complex surrounded by beautiful gardens, ornate fountains, and artwork in the interior to rival the Vatican, all glorifying the king. Jarrell visited the palace in 2005 and was inspired by its majesty. Using a great swath of blue silk to accentuate the dancers, Jarrell has them striking poses reminiscent of the beautiful statuary dotting the grounds of the palace.

Other dances in the mid-November concert include pieces by Associate Professor Kerry Shaul and other guest artists. In addition, dance alumna Emily Taul will feature her choreography in a piece that won the award for best dance this past spring in Student Dance Concert 2009. Another dance alum, who is now a full-time instructor in the department, has contributed to the concert with a piece about dreams. Kristin Best, who danced in several dance concerts at SIUE when she was a student, has been teaching at Lindenwood University since she graduated from SIUE in 2003. “My piece, Flash, is a dance based on dreams I've had,” Best said. “Actually, it’s about the people I’ve seen in those dreams. For awhile there, I was always meeting people I knew in my dreams. So, I decided to create a piece that reflects that.”

Tickets are $10 for general audiences; non-SIUE students, senior citizens, SIUE faculty and staff, $8; SIUE students with valid ID, no admission charge, and are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

Click here for a photo suitable for print. In the photo are members of the Dance In Concert 2009 troupe—Dancers in photo (from left) are: Morgan Taylor of Hillside, Geoffrey Alexander of St. Louis (63106), Blake Amman of Highland, Brea Slover of Fairfield, Lindsey Wolff of Effingham and Shannon McCarkel of Belleville. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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Nov. 17 Jazz Concert To Feature Big Band Music

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Big Band music will be featured at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music’s Annual Fall Big Band Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the theater in SIUE’s Katherine Dunham Hall. The evening will feature the SIUE Concert Jazz Band directed by Brett Stamps, director of SIUE’s Jazz Studies Program, and the SIUE Jazz Lab Band, directed by Jason Swagler, a member of the Jazz Studies faculty.

The concert will showcase talented SIUE students and jazz faculty and also will feature music arrangements by Stamps, a professor of music. “Music selections will include American songbook standards such as Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust, Cole Porter’s Easy To Love, as well as Duke Ellington’s Isfahan & Satin Doll,” Stamps said. He also pointed out that other tunes will include Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Chega De Saudade, Horace Silver’s Cookin’ At The Continental, Nat Adderley’s Work Song, Joe Sample’s Put It Where You Want It and vocal features including Moondance (popularized by Bobby McFerrin) and Frank Foster arrangements of Deedles’ Blues and You Can Have It.

Admission to the Nov. 17 concert at SIUE is $10; senior citizens and those 18 and younger, $7. SIUE students with a valid Cougar ID will be admitted free, compliments of Arts-For-All, a program sponsored by the SIUE Office of Student Affairs. For tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

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SIUE School Of Pharmacy, SLU Pharmacology Receive $975K NIH Grant

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy has been awarded—along with the Saint Louis University Department of Pharmacology and Physiology—a $974,024 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study ways of relieving chronic pain through new approaches in treating neuroinflammation. Funding for the NIH grant was made possible in part by federal stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

William Neumann, an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, and Professor Daniela Salvemini, an associate professor of pharmacological and physiological science at the SLU School of Medicine, are the project’s principal researchers who will be studying how “peroxynitrite” (produced in the body in inflammatory settings) can actually cause chronic pain when the body produces too much of the chemical. Studies have shown chronic pain is a global problem but in the United States alone one third of Americans suffer from it. However, about 30 percent of those chronic pain sufferers report that drugs now available on the market do not help the problem.

“When you have inflammation in the body,” Neumann explained, “reactive oxygen species and free radicals are produced, which can lead to formation of the neurotoxic molecule, peroxynitrite. Normally, these reactive molecules are kept under tight wraps by the body’s own antioxidant defense systems. “But, if these systems become compromised, as in a state of chronic pain, it actually can make the problem worse. We’ll be looking at creating a synthetic enzyme that will go in and destroy the peroxynitrite.”

Over the past decade, Salvemini’s pioneering research led to the discovery of peroxynitrite. “We discovered the substance ... which turns out to be very important in the development of pain and inflammation. If we target that molecule, we hope we can find new therapies with fewer side effects,” said Salvemini. “Currently, pain is often poorly managed. Our hope is to find better ways to eliminate human suffering.” The two-year grant is being administered through the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases.

“By using various accepted lab methods, we will try to create in rats arthritic conditions and see how they react to the pharmacology we introduce,” Neumann said. “The broad potential therapeutic use of these new analgesic agents we’re proposing is not a part of current pain management drugs,” he said. “Our team will draw upon previous breakthroughs in the development of free radical targeted therapies but we will go further in creating a new approach to combat the problem without some of the current side effects of current pain management drugs.”

William Neumann received a bachelor of science in Chemistry from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1983 and a doctorate in 1987 from UM-St. Louis, where he worked on synthetic methodologies directed at preparing antitumor cyclopentanoid natural products. Since then, he has conducted research in both the diagnostic imaging and therapeutic pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining the SIUE School of Pharmacy he spent the majority of his industrial career at Monsanto corporate research and later Pharmacia, leading the new synthetic methods group. He also is currently adjunct professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Saint Louis University. Professor Neumann’s research interests are structure based drug discovery and catalytic antioxidants. At SIUE, he teaches biochemistry and integrated pharmacotherapeutics: GI/rheumatology/pulmonary-medicinal chemistry.

Daniela Salvemini received her BSc in pharmacology in 1987 from King’s College London and her doctorate in pharmacology in 1990 at the William Harvey Research Institute, University College in London. After four years of post-doctoral fellowship, Salvemini joined the private sector where she spent more than a decade working on drug discovery and development of novel anti-inflammatories and analgesics. She came to Saint Louis University in 2005. Salvemini’s research achievements are reflected in numerous peer-reviewed publications, reviews and lectures in the field of pain and inflammation, and several international awards including the prestigious Novartis Award in pharmacology.

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IDHR Makes First Stop At SIUE To Highlight Sexual Harassment Law

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Illinois Department of Human Rights Director Rocco Claps visited the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus this morning, making his first stop in the state to highlight a law that protects students from sexual harassment.

About 25 staff, faculty and students turned out for the director's visit to find out more about legislation that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Governor signed into public act on Aug. 18.

Claps discussed a new measure that requires universities and institutions of higher learning to display posters explaining sexual harassment laws and policies in prominent and accessible areas for all students. The notice explains what sexual harassment is and what students can do about it. The Director was joined by Paul Pitts, assistant chancellor for Institutional Compliance at SIUE in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom pre-function area.

"Students have the right to learn in an environment that is free of sexual harassment," Claps said. "Our goal is to ensure students are aware that sexual harassment is never OK and there is a law that protects them.

"I thank SIUE for allowing us the opportunity and assisting us in our outreach efforts."

The amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act calls for colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning to display posters in common areas including, such as residence halls, administration buildings, student unions, cafeterias and libraries. College campuses can also satisfy the posting requirement by providing each student an electronic copy of the sexual harassment laws and policies at the time that registration materials are emailed.

Illinois higher education institutions affected by this law must be in compliance on or prior to Nov. 17, 2009.

"I would like to welcome Director Claps to SIUE as he announces this new important law," Pitts said. "In addition to the work we do here at SIUE to assure a harmonious campus climate of tolerance throughout the entire University Community, this amendment provides our students an additional source of information for understanding their rights under law."

For questions about protections against sexual harassment in higher education and to see all required postings visit the Department's website at or call 217-785-5100.

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SIUE To Host Second Preview For College-Bound Students, Parents

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) PREVIEW SIUE, an opportunity for prospective students and their families to see the beauty of the campus, visit with faculty and staff and obtain answers to their questions in one visit to campus, will be conducted Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. The first PREVIEW SIUE this year was conducted on Columbus Day, Oct. 12. “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,” said Ryan Downey, assistant director of the SIUE Office of Admissions. “Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that include participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting,” Downey said.

“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.”

During the Nov. 11 event, Scott Belobrajdic, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, will present opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Delyte W. Morris University Center. Students may speak one-on-one to department representatives at the event during the information fairs in the Goshen Lounge, also on the first floor of the Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The opening PREVIEW session, SIUEssentials, will cover information on admission requirements, financing an education, and University Housing options. Students then will have opportunities to tour the central campus, meet with faculty and staff at the information fair, or attend an informational session of their choice. All academic units will play host to the informational sessions for students interested in their respective program.

Also, prospective students may attend a panel session made up of current SIUE students. Similarly, prospective parents also may attend a panel of parents of current SIUE students. Informational session topics include A 'Major' Decision, Transferring to SIUE and Extreme Financial Aid as well as academic sessions presented by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dental Medicine. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Morris University Center. It is recommended that interested students pre-register online at the Web site:, or by telephone: (800) 447-SIUE.

Tours of the campus and residence halls will be offered until 2 p.m., while campus offices will remain open until 4:30 p.m. PREVIEW parking will be available at Korte Stadium, on Stadium Road just west of the main campus at the bottom of the bluff. Shuttles will bring guests to SIUE’s Morris Center. There is no charge for the event.

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38th Annual SIUE Holiday Crafts Fair Set For Dec. 2-3

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 38th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2-3, 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 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 ceramics, wood, weaving, fiber, metal and glass, among others. 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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