• SIUE’s Lovejoy Library Collection Is Featured In HEC-TV Jazz Story
• Dance In Concert 2006 Set For Nov. 8-12 At SIUE’s Dunham Hall
• SIUE Student Is First Recipient Of Enterprise Leadership Award
• Schiller’s, Marshall Present SIUE Foundation With High-Tech Lectern
• Celebrate American Pharmacists Month: Pharmacists Touch Lives
• Noted St. Louis Area Journalist Named SIUE Director Of Alumni Affairs
• U. Of Victoria Professor To Speak On Religion And Genetic Engineering
• Photo of cast of FOTAD Mystery Dinner Theater Set For Nov. 5
• Delaware Professor To Speak About Emerging Health Care Technology
• SIU/SDM Wing Expansion Shows Community Commitment
•The Artwork Of Edwardsville’s Lennie Kesl To Be Exhibited At SIUE
• Dialogue With Israeli Consul At SIUE Religious Center Set For Oct. 26
• $50K Awarded To SIUE School Of Business By Anonymous Donor
• Forums To Discuss Future Of SIUE Athletics Set For Nov. 6-7 and 28
• Hundreds Of Students Expected To Attend Regional Fair At SIUE
• PREVIEW 2006 Drew Some 1,380 Oct. 9; Next One Set For Nov. 10
• SIUE Updates Master Plan; To Remain True To Original
• SIUE Chancellor Focuses On Student Success In University Address
• SIU Board Of Trustees Approves SFC Expansion
• SIU joins consortium to lower electrical costs
• FOTAD To Present Its Ninth Annual Mystery Dinner Theater At SIUE
• MEDIA ADVISORY: SIUE Chancellor’s Annual Address To The University Community Increasing the Momentum for National Recognition
• SIUE Prepares for Second Drumvoices Festival of Art
• SIUE Business School Ranked One Of The Best–Princeton Review
• Scholarship Walk Is ‘Runaway Success’ For SIUE Nursing School
• MEDIA ADVISORY: Gender in Science and Math Education is the topic of a discussion today
• Series Of Biotechnology Seminars Scheduled On SIUE Campus
• SIUE Alcohol Awareness Week Set For Oct. 9-13 On Campus
• B. Chenoweth Dies; Was Payroll Clerk At SIUE
• 2006 SIUE Annual Security Report Now Available On Line
• SIUE To Host Two Previews For College Bound Students And Parents
• John Caupert To Begin As New NCERC Director On Oct. 16
• SIUE Professor Featured On iTunes Astronomy Podcast
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The story of America’s prominent jazz legacy will debut on award-winning HEC-TV for viewers (on Channel 13 in St. Louis City and Channel 26 in St. Louis County) at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, during the premiere of Collective Improvisation: The Story of Jazz in Saint Louis.
The musical careers of St. Louis-area greats Miles Davis, Eddie Randle and Clark Terry, and others, will be examined. Highlighted in the program for its extensive jazz archive collection will be Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s own Lovejoy Library. More than 20,000 records are housed in the University library’s archives, which include 10,500 78rpm records, audio and videotapes, sheet music, piano rolls, photographs and oral histories.
“We are delighted to be involved with the HEC-TV jazz documentary,” said Jay Starratt, SIUE’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Dean of Library and Information Services. Following its premiere, the program will be shown at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the month of November.
Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library was named for Lovejoy, an abolitionist newspaper editor who was killed while defending his press from a pro-slavery mob in Alton in 1837. The library is home to many rare and historically significant collections, Starratt said, noting, “We are digitizing our collections to open them up to the entire world. It’s one more way to set SIUE apart from every other institution and provide value to our constituents by providing access to invaluable information and knowledge.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Multi-colored lighting, flowing silk and the music of Chopin are contributing elements to the excitement in J. Calvin Jarrell’s dance piece, Letters from Versailles. It’s part of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dance In Concert 2006, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 8-11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, all in the theater at Katherine Dunham Hall.
Meanwhile, Mikey Thomas’ piece, movement activities: TRADEMARK, will contain a pastiche of more than 30 songs, with the majority of the tunes those that have been popular during the lifetimes of the eight, 20-something dancers who will be performing the piece.
“My philosophy about Dance In Concert every year is from the film Forrest Gump: ‘It’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.’ But, it’s always original and exciting,” said Jarrell, who is director of dance for the University.
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 the king’s 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 last year and was inspired by its majesty. “I began the choreography with an idea to do a reminiscence about the palace, but then it took a turn,” he said.
“I didn’t want it to be a classical piece, but it took on a life of its own and suddenly I realized it had elements of ballet. This will be the closest I’ve ever come to choreographing a ballet.
“I went where the music took me.”
Using a great swath of blue silk to accentuate the dancers, Jarrell is having them striking poses reminiscent of the beautiful statuary dotting the grounds of the palace. “I was very impressed with the sculptures around the palace,” he said. “The artists had a way of depicting motion in this marble that seems amazing to me and very flowing, very beautiful.”
Thomas says his piece is “probably the most abstract work I’ve ever done,” somewhat difficult perhaps for audiences who may recall Derrida from 2004 and last year’s piece with its deconstruction motif, all very exciting and unique. “This year I’m focusing on themes and ideas of marketing and consumerism,” Thomas said.
“This piece is meant to be at the most basic level an entertaining dance with a heightened awareness of these influences.”
Other dances include a piece by Associate Professor Kerry Shaul and also Holly Seitz, a lecturer in the Department of Theater and Dance. In addition, dance and physics major Brittney Rutherford will feature her choreography in a piece that won the award for best dance this past spring in the student choreographed Opus 2006 concert.
For ticket information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Michael Ulrich of New Douglas, a business major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently was honored as the first-ever recipient of the Enterprise Foundation Rent-A-Car Student Leader of the Month Award. Ulrich will graduate from SIUE in May with a bachelor of science in Accountancy.
The award recognizes students who are nominated by their organizations for outstanding participation and responsibility. Ulrich’s award is in recognition of his work as president of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honor accounting society for top accounting majors. The organization strives to foster relationships with fellow accounting majors as well as faculty and future employers.
Norris Manning, program director of Student Services for the SIUE School of Business and head of the award selection committee, said, “This award is a great way for students to recognize and honor their peers who are bettering our student organizations,” Manning said. “Michael was chosen to win this month’s award for his professionalism, while representing Beta Alpha Psi and the SIUE community at a the society’s national meeting.”
In addition to this award, Ulrich, who is an SIUE Chancellor Scholar, has been on the SIUE Dean’s List and the National Dean’s List. “I am honored to be a recipient of this award (and I) greatly appreciate Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation’s involvement at SIUE. Through awards such as this, students are motivated to be active in their community and student organizations.” Ulrich said he currently is striving to make Beta Alpha Psi a “distinguished chapter.”
The award carries with it a $50 stipend and certificate. In addition, Ulrich will be recognized at a reception in the spring that will honor all Enterprise Rent-A-Car award recipients and will provide SIUE business students with an opportunity to network with Enterprise executives.
The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, a seal of approval that the SIUE School has earned each year since 1975. SIUE’s accountancy program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Schiller’s, an audio-visual supplier in St. Louis, and Marshall Furniture Inc. of Antioch have teamed to present the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation with a one-of-a-kind, completely customized lectern valued at around $12,000 at the SIUE Foundation Board meeting on Oct. 26.
“It has all the bells and whistles,” said Matt Ursch of Schiller’s A.V. Systems Design. “It’s ADA compliant with a hydraulic power lift, which means it easily adjusts up and down,” he said. “And the oak trim was selected specifically to match the SIUE Foundation’s Events Room.
“It also has an automated control system built right into it, which means a complete novice can present multi-media presentations without a technician in the room.”
Ursch, who attended SIUE in the early 1980s as an art major, went to work for Shiller’s in 1987. “Schiller’s and Marshall Furniture have a long history in working with SIUE and we wanted to do something really special to give back.”
“We are very appreciative of this gift,” said Pat Williams, CEO of the SIUE Foundation. “It’s an example of how business and industry can participate with us in a very creative way. It provides us with a valuable asset and provides them with a great opportunity to showcase their excellent service and products.”
Schiller's, a family-owned business since 1892, is a full service audio-visual integrator providing education presentation products. They specialize in creating a total interactive auditorium or classroom using the latest technologies including: interactive touch sensitive whiteboards, multimedia data/video projectors, screens, projection screens, overheads and customized presentation furniture.
Schiller’s is a distributor for Marshall, a custom maker of architectural quality, educational and boardroom furniture. Founded as a one person shop in 1986, it has grown to a twenty-five person shop. Schiller’s is located on Manchester Road in St. Louis.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) It is 3 a.m. and a first-time mother holds her screaming 5-month-old son close.
Obviously cranky, the child has a slight fever and is drooling and coughing. The child’s frazzled father, not knowing what the problem is, picks up the telephone and calls the local pharmacy. On the other end of the telephone a licensed, registered pharmacist listens patiently. The parents are relieved to hear the baby is only teething.
October marks American Pharmacists Month. During the month, pharmacists stationed behind pharmacy counters, in classrooms, clinical laboratories, doctors’ offices, hospitals and in numerous community education roles are recognized for the support, guidance and education they offer.
At the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, professors educate and train students and allow them to engage in research initiatives. But their reach goes beyond training the next generation of pharmacists in the classroom.
Dr. Jessica Kerr, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, is an example of how pharmacy educators touch the lives of patients—not just students. These professionals, in turn, encourage their students to reach out to their patients.
“In addition to my academic appointment, I continue to practice in the retail world, because it makes it easier to relate to students when I teach,” Kerr said. “Students can take stock in what I say, because I’m actually working with patients.
“I think all faculty members at SIUE have that strong belief. We all agree that whatever area of pharmacy people choose to work in, they need to go that extra mile for the patient,” she said. “We encourage the students to think of the patients as if they were their grandparents or mothers or fathers.”
Kerr spends about 20 hours each week running a cardiovascular risk reduction clinic at the Belleville Veterans Affairs Outpatient Medical Center. She collaborates with Dr. Andrea Itzkowitz and nurse practitioners Sheila Dunn and Kathy Lindsay. Due to the high volume of patients these providers must see on a daily basis, some education opportunities may be overlooked unintentionally.
With the addition of Kerr to this medical team, the providers can feel comfortable knowing that Kerr can offer further assessment of a patient’s educational needs. In addition to direct patient care, Kerr is able to provide continuing education, drug information and recommendations regarding patients’ medication therapy.
“In my clinic more than 75 percent of the patients have diabetes and other risk factors that can lead to cardiac outcomes,” Kerr pointed out. “It is important for me to educate these patients and try to empower them to take charge. Also, by seeing these patients one-on-one I can make sure they are on appropriate drug regimens and make recommendations when needed.”
“I encourage preventative measures to keep people from developing complications. I work with them to help them with weight loss and smoking cessation,” she said. “Due to the flexibility of my clinic, I can have patients follow up when needed and we can track our progression.”
Kerr said she chose the pharmacy profession because it is flexible, making it “family-friendly.” Kerr also said that since becoming a pharmacist she awakens each morning happy with her career decision.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Stephen Jankowski of Godfrey, a 1974 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and currently Illinois bureau chief for KSDK-TV (Ch. 5) in St. Louis, has been named SIUE director of Alumni Affairs, effective Dec. 4.
Jankowski, whose career in radio, television, marketing, public relations, advertising and teaching has spanned three decades, graduated from SIUE with a bachelor of science in Mass Communications.
In his new post, Jankowski will be responsible for developing an alumni relations and communications strategy that will build and strengthen the relationship with the more than 70,000 graduates of SIUE. Jankowski also will work with the SIUE Alumni Association Board in planning activities involving SIUE alumni, including support for enrollment efforts, fundraising, program development opportunities and public relations initiatives.
Before joining KSDK-TV in 1999 as a reporter, Jankowski had been with three St. Louis media outlets—KMOX Radio from 1995-99, KMOV-TV from 1991-95 and KEZK Radio from 1986-1991. During his tenure at these stations, Jankowski was a reporter, show host, news director, program director, on-air talent and bureau chief. He also worked for radio and television stations in Arkansas before moving to the St. Louis market.
As a student at SIUE, he reported sports and news at WSIE-FM (88.7), the University’s public radio affiliate, eventually becoming news director.
In addition to his work with electronic media, Jankowski was an associate professor at Lewis and Clark Community College from 1982-89, where he taught classes in broadcasting and public speaking, supervised the radio broadcasting program and managed the college’s radio station, WLCA. He also has been a guest lecturer in television production classes at SIUE. He is a frequent speaker and emcee at local events for a variety of organizations, ranging from the Illinois Congressional Delegation prayer breakfast to the American Heart Association.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The World Religions, Knowledge and Science (WoRKS) Group-Edwardsville will present Harold Coward, emeritus professor at the University of Victoria, to speak Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville about religion and its response to genetic engineering.
Coward will speak about “Responses of the World’s Religions to the Challenge of Genetically Modified Animals” at 7:30 p.m. in the SIUE Religious Center.
Professor Greg Fields, of the SIUE Philosophy faculty, said Coward’s appearance is part of the WoRKS Group’s ongoing series of speakers who discuss the relationships between the religious community and the scientific community. “Imagine participating in a lively and reasoned discussion of topics such as astronomy and creation, in a geodesic dome in the image of planet Earth,” Fields said, referring to the Religious Center’s domed roof.
The WoRKS Group-Edwardsville hosts monthly events on religion and science for the campus and regional communities. “The WoRKS Group meets monthly at the Religious Center,” Fields pointed out, “in the center whose dome was designed by the renowned theorist R. Buckminster Fuller, a former faculty member at the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses.” In addition to its Distinguished Speakers Series, WoRKS conducts a study group.
Coward’s topic will discuss how modern science is genetically engineering animals through processes such as cloning or transgenics (the insertion of genes from one species into another) for use in agricultural biotechnology to produce food, or to produce new therapies. “Dr. Coward will look at how ethicists, theologians, and laypeople in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity are responding to this new challenge,” Fields said.
“This year, the WoRKS Study Group also is discussing the book, When Science Meets Religion, by Ian Barbour,” he said. “Students and the public are encouraged to participate in the dialogues.” Study Group dates coming up are Dec. 13, “Astronomy and Creation,” and Jan. 17, “Implications of Quantum Physics” (Wednesdays at 7:30 PM).
The WoRKS Group-Edwardsville is supported by a grant from the Metanexus Institute, which encourages exploration of interrelationships of science and religion. Matching funds are 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 at SIUE.
Events are free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in visitor’s Lot B, between the Morris Center and the Religious Center. For more information, please contact Professor of Philosophy Greg Fields at (618) 650-2461, email email@example.com, or go to www.metanexus.org.
The SIUE Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) will present its Ninth Annual Mystery Dinner Theater and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in the University Restaurant, on the second floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center. This year’s comedy mystery is Murder in the MUC by S.J. Morrison, a member of the FOTAD Board. It’s a real-time mystery with comic turns everywhere, involving underhandedness within FOTAD, a rather shady group of individuals or so we’ve heard. Here, Morrison (bottom center) is in trouble again with members of the board and other characters in the play. Members of the cast are, from top clockwise: John Harvey of Edwardsville, who portrays the coroner; Cindy Reinhardt of Edwardsville, who plays herself as vice president of FOTAD; Greg Conroy of Edwardsville, also portraying himself as president of FOTAD; Sue Mueller of Godfrey, in the role of the “crazy lady in the fish costume”; and Rachel Tompkins of Edwardsville, who portrays the Drama Queen. Tickets are available by calling the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jian-Qiao Sun, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Applied Controls Laboratory at the University of Delaware, will speak at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the auditorium of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Engineering Building auditorium about “Smart Physical Rehabilitation Devices and Their Controls,” regarding the emergence of new electronic health care technology.
Sun will speak about recent studies of devices that utilize electronics—such as rehabilitative braces for knees and ankles—that can be used by patients in their homes or in outpatient clinics. Such smart rehabilitation devices can be programmed to provide controls for an individual patient’s specific needs. He said the technology will help those patients who are trying to walk again after an accident or physical ailment.
At Delaware since 1994, Sun has received research funding from the U.S. Army Research Office, the Office of U.S. Naval Research, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and also from private industry.
He has published more than 100 refereed journal articles and has given several conference presentations and technical reports, and has been invited to speak at universities throughout the world. Sun recently published a book, Stochastic Dynamics and Control, and also co-edited another book, Bifurcation and Chaos in Complex Systems, both published by Elsevier.
After earning a doctorate at the University of California–Berkeley in 1988, Sun became a member of the staff of the Lord Corp. in Cary, N.C., in 1991. He has been associate editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics and currently is associate editor of Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulations. Sun also is an editorial board member of the Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica, the publication of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, as well as the Journal of Vibration and Control.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 90 alumni, faculty and friends of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) in Alton pulled together, raising more than $625,000 to invest in the School’s future by giving it room to grow.
An Advanced Care Wing on the SDM’s Main Clinic allows general dentistry and specialty disciplines, including periodontics and endodontics, to be taught in one place. Before the wing was added, classes in those disciplines were taught in two different buildings on the campus.
The 6,400-square-foot wing expansion, which provides space for 24 more clinical “operatories” and a new classroom, was dedicated during a recent ceremony.
Speakers at the dedication ceremony included Illinois Sen. William Haine of Alton, Illinois Rep. Renée Kosel of New Lenox, SIU President Glenn Poshard, and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.
Dr. Robert Dennison, CEO of Delta Dental of Illinois (DDIL) and a 1982 SDM graduate, also addressed the dedication guests. He spoke on behalf of Delta Dental, which made a generous contribution of $250,000 for equipment for the structure. The wing has been named the Delta Dental of Illinois Advanced Care Wing in the company’s honor.
“Education and access to care play key roles in improving oral health,” Dennison said. “The School obviously does important work on both fronts, greatly benefiting the community.
“We are proud to support the School and its good work by doing what we can to help provide better education to its students and improved care to its patients.”
The new facility will enrich educational opportunities for pre-doctoral students by allowing them to more regularly work with other graduate students and specialty faculty members.
Dr. Ann Boyle, dean of the School, cited gifts from alumni and faculty, as well as corporate donations and gifts from other sponsors as critical to not only the completion of the wing, but to the success of the institution.
“With the erosion of state support, private contributions allow us to continuously improve the quality of dental education our students receive, and our students’ performance on national examinations reflects these improvements,” Boyle said. “The class of 2006 recorded the second highest comprehensive standard scores in the United States on the National Board Examination Part II.
“These results are made possible through developments, such as the Advanced Care Wing, which offers the capacity necessary to improve the curriculum and enhance the education we provide.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Noted artist Lennie Kesl, an Edwardsville native, will exhibit his works from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 in the University Gallery, on the second floor of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Morris Center.
The exhibit, “The Many Faces of Lennie Kesl,” will feature the work of the artist whose career has spanned five decades and produced thousands of pieces. In addition to his oil paintings and his work in watercolor, collage, printmaking and drawing, Kesl has created works of metal sculpture, ceramic and stained glass.
Kesl’s work is included in several collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Alaska State Museum in Juneau and in numerous private collections.
Pieces in the SIUE exhibit will feature a collection of faces, focusing on Kesl’s use of color and expression and how it “entice the viewer to wonder about the people and animals depicted.” Kesl creates portraits of smiling women, cats, dogs, flying camels, birds, men and babies. He also creates ceramic pieces that are “bright, joyful and filled with life-affirming colors and images.”
Born in Edwardsville in 1926, Kesl has lived in Gainesville, Fla., since 1968 and at 80 years of age he has been described as “irresistible, irrepressible and inexhaustible.” Many say his eclectic personality “reflects an enthusiastic desire to create, display, view and admire all art forms.”
Although probably best known as a painter, sculptor and art historian, Kesl also is considered a gifted jazz musician. He has recorded three albums and a CD, Walkin’ on Air, That Old Feelin’, Just Friends and Mood Swings.
Now in retirement, Kesl has held faculty positions at the Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Montana State University, the University of Florida in Gainesville and Santa Fe Community College (also in Gainesville).
Kesl’s sister, Yvonne Hoefert, lives in the Alton area along with several nieces and nephews and other extended family. Hoefert describes him as an inquisitive vagabond. “I would love to jump into Lennie’s head and see the world through his eyes—see what makes him tick,” says Hoefert. “In my view, he is a genius who someday will be appreciated worldwide for his many talents, especially in the art field. He is so unique and real. Our children and our grandchildren will someday learn of his greatness.”
A reception for the artist is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the gallery. For more information, call the The University Museum at SIUE, (618) 650-2996.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Barukh Binah, consul general of Israel to the Midwest, will speak and conduct discussion in the dome room of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. The event is free and open to the public.
Binah plans to speak and answer questions about Middle East conflicts, terrorism, the peace process, the implications of the recent conflicts in light of recent developments in Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Syria, as well as Middle East development and economic opportunities, international and interfaith relations and Israel/U.S. relations, among other topics.
Earlier that day, Binah is scheduled to meet with Congressman John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).
A member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 1979, Binah has held positions in diplomacy, research, policy planning, and media relations. His posts include an appointment as Israel’s spokesman and press officer in New York and counselor for Congressional Affairs at the Israel embassy in Washington, D.C. Binah took his current post in 2005.
Binah holds degrees, with honors, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and from Haifa University. In 1998, he graduated from Israel’s National Defense College, where he wrote his dissertation, Israel and the American Jewish Community: A Brotherhood in Distress.
Binah’s appearance is sponsored by the Religious Studies program in the SIUE Department of Philosophy. For more information, contact Professor Greg Fields, (618) 650-2461, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or, Steven Low, director of the the Jewish Federation, Belleville, (618) 398-6100 or email@example.com.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville recently received notification that an area businessman, who has requested anonymity, donated $50,000 to the SIUE School of Business for the School’s Phoenix Fund Scholarship.
The scholarship was created to help undergraduate accountancy students. The award is based on financial need and academic merit, with preference given to students who graduated from high school in St. Clair County.
Michael L. Costigan, chair of SIUE’s Department of Accounting, said “this gift is going to allow the accounting department to help support deserving students fund their education.”
Since its inception in 1999, only two students—Erin Pirok and Amy Donaldson— have received the Phoenix Fund Scholarship. With the addition of the new gift, however, more students can be recognized.
SIUE’s accountancy program is designed to provide students with an educational foundation upon which they can grow professionally in the practice and study of accounting as they progress throughout their careers.
Fewer than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, a seal of approval that the SIUE School has earned each year since 1975. SIUE’s accountancy program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Intercollegiate Athletics Task Force (IATF) will conduct open forums Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 28 to make public its findings on the future of SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics.
The task force, chaired by SIUE School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino and made up of SIUE students, faculty, staff, alumni, and residents of the surrounding communities, has been gathering and compiling data to consider three options for the Athletics program at the University: strengthen the current Division II program, become a Division I program, or create a hybrid program with some sports Division I and some Division II.
The open forums are scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the theater in SIUE’s Katherine Dunham Hall; from 5-7 p.m. that same day at Edwardsville City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Ave.; from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, also in Dunham Hall; and from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center. Giamartino and other members of the task force will be on hand to answer questions about the task force findings.
“In gathering our information, the task force members spoke with other colleges and universities who either made the decision to go Division I or to remain at Division II,” Giamartino said. “We reviewed research studies and also heard anecdotal evidence to try and find answers to questions about such an important decision. We found that determining the future of intercollegiate athletics is a challenging decision for any university.”
Giamartino pointed out that SIUE Athletics programs have become strong contenders in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and that the program has been successful overall.
“Strategic planning was a big part of those successes,” Giamartino said. “Because of the work of an earlier task force that studied the program in 1999, the SIUE Athletics program has been strengthened, but this current task force was charged with exploring other alternatives to make the program even better as it moves forward.”
The current IATF report includes data about possible costs of any of the three options, as well as what the ramifications might be. “We are now at the point where the committee would like to hear from the University community and the larger community,” Giamartino said. “This input will be invaluable in helping Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift make a final decision.”
Giamartino pointed out that the committee was not charged with determining if intercollegiate football was an option for SIUE. “In 1999 the University made a decision that varsity football was not a viable option for the SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics program,” he said. “Therefore, we did not consider that as part of our fact-finding mission.”
Giamartino said the committee will deliver its findings to the chancellor after the open meetings. “Our goal is for the chancellor to have our report in his hands by the middle of December,” he said.
A copy of the task force draft report is available on the Athletics Task Force Web site. www.siue.edu/ATHLETIC/TASKFORCE and then navigate to the report’s link.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Representatives from approximately 100 colleges, universities and branches of the military, and as many as 2,000 high school students and their families are expected to converge at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, for the annual Illinois College Exposition (ICE) Regional College Fair.
The ICE Fair, sponsored by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), will be conducted in SIUE’s Morris University Center. Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. Free parking is available in campus lots P4-P9. Additional information is available in local high school guidance offices and in community college counseling centers.
Historically, college fairs were held several times a year at various area high schools. The ICE Fair is a consolidated opportunity to explore a wide variety of higher education options. Karen Bollinger, ICE On-Site chairperson, said: “the regional college fair concept continues to support its ultimate goal to help students learn more about post secondary education options.
“Designed for high school juniors, seniors and community college transfer students, the ICE Fair gives students and parents an opportunity to speak with more than 100 private and public educational institutions in a well-structured setting.” Bollinger said.
Judy Verseman, director of guidance at Edwardsville High School, likes the regional concept.
“This fair gives prospective students and their parents access to a variety of colleges and universities at one site. It is exciting to see our students have this opportunity.”
“The ICE Fair is a result of a collaborative effort among area high school counselors and college admission professionals to best serve area students who are in the process of choosing a college or university,” Bollinger said.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) PREVIEW SIUE, the annual open house at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville that will be offered on two days this year because of growing numbers of participants, attracted some 1,380 parents and students, said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of Admissions and Academic Marketing for the university and coordinator of the event.
The second PREVIEW is set for Nov. 10 and Bollinger is optimistic about more attending the two events than ever before. “This first event we saw 555 students, representing nearly 90 more students than last year’s first event,” Bollinger said. “We already have 200 students, with 600 total guests, pre-registered to attend the Nov. 10 event.
“These are our events for high school students and their families, as well as community college students, to see what SIUE is about,” Bollinger said. “They are in the midst of deciding an important step in the educational process and we do everything possible at PREVIEW SIUE to put our best foot forward.
Bollinger said university departments and units, including faculty and staff, were on hand
Oct. 9 to answer questions about academic programs and services available to students.
“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.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville revealed today its plans to update its master plan, an update that will focus on a 25-year projection of the campus that is consistent with the original vision of the founders.
The planning process was unveiled at Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift’s Report to the University. Kenneth Neher, vice chancellor for Administration, said the planned update “will remain true” to the vision of noted architect Gyo Obata, of Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum LLC, who designed the original Edwardsville campus and which opened in 1965. “We will update the plan to meet current and foreseeable campus and regional needs.”
He also pointed out that the plan is in a preliminary stage and that more work needs to be done before it is finalized. “We look upon this as a ‘wish list’ of sorts,” Neher said.
New building designs and locations will be consistent with the Design Guidelines for Architects and Engineers approved by the Board of Trustees in 2006, Neher pointed out. He also said the plan is in consonance with the SIUE Land Use Plan. This update to the original plan continues the concept of appropriately scaled buildings sited to create quadrangles and walkways within a pedestrian dominated core, Neher noted.
Neher said the updated master plan will focus solely on the Edwardsville campus because the Alton campus plan is included in a separate state funding request, the East St. Louis campus was recently expanded and is considered complete, and the Springfield facility will only grow moderately in response to the expanded presence of the Pharmacy and Nursing programs. Also, University Park will develop as needed in response to market demands.
To date, proposed projects in the current master plan draft include:
Library—A new Library will provide enhanced space both for collections and for studying by individuals and small groups. The existing Library will be converted to house the University Museum, classrooms, and faculty offices.
Academic Success Center—An Academic Success Center will provide a consolidation of the campus resources needed by undergraduate students. Programs ranging from health care to academic advising to career counseling will be brought together from their presently scattered locations.
Amphitheater—An Amphitheater will provide an outdoor campus venue for the presentation of formal and informal performances, and activities related to both entertainment and education.
Health Sciences Building—The proposed Health Sciences Building will bring together the School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy into one state-of-the-art facility. The collocation will enhance opportunities for interdepartmental programs.
Science Building—The plan addresses both the immediate need for additional and improved space for the sciences and the foreseeable future needs through two identified sites.
Parking Structures—A movement from surface parking to parking structures will free up critical core areas for both new buildings and enhanced open space. It will restore significant areas of the campus to the vision of the original Master Plan. In accordance with the SIUE Land Use Plan, any additional surface parking will be outside the core.
Fitness Center Expansion—The existing Fitness Center is not adequate to meet our growing campus population. An addition would provide more court space, as well as space for the expanding fitness and recreation programs.
Birger Hall Expansion—The original design for Birger Hall envisioned an additional wing which is reflected in the plan.
Early Childhood Expansion—The Early Childhood Center has inadequate space to meet the existing and foreseeable demand. This project would provide additional classroom/training space, while addressing health and safety needs.
Potential Housing Sites—While the specific nature of future residence halls has not been determined, space is allotted for additional growth.
Engineering Expansion—This identifies space for growth of the School of Engineering.
Art & Design Expansion—The existing building is inadequate to meet present demands. The expansion allows for both meeting those needs and the consolidation of the department currently split across the campus.
Campus Recreation—Campus Recreation would like to add a softball field as well as open fields for student recreation.
Builders of the University Plaza—A proposed renovation of the flagpole area will celebrate the work of employees and others who helped build the University since its inception.
Baseball Complex—The baseball complex will serve as a regional center for baseball from youth through high school as well as continuing to support the University Intercollegiate Athletics program.
Wrestling Center/Varsity Athletic Complex/Field House—A proposed wrestling center will provide top level space for the Varsity program. The building would provide needed space for the Intercollegiate Athletics offices, academic support, training space, and a Field House for indoor training during off-peak seasons.
Event Center—A multipurpose facility would serve campus and regional needs for a space large enough for commencement, as well as cultural and entertainment events.
Gardens at SIUE and Visitor Center—The Gardens at SIUE will become a regional center for the study and enjoyment of horticulture, and will include an activity and learning facility.
Greek Housing—Space is identified for Greek Housing.
Performing Arts Center—A proposed theater would provide a first-class space for the University to host large-scale theater, music, and dance events.
Visual Arts Center—The University has set aside land for use by a local not-for-profit organization for a visual arts center.
Public Safety (City of Edwardsville)—The University has worked with the city of Edwardsville for the location of a future fire station on campus.
Utility (City of Edwardsville)—A surface water tank would serve the needs of a growing campus and of the city of Edwardsville.
Founders and Alumni Halls and Cougar Village—It should be noted that as new academic space is built, Founders and Alumni Halls will be renovated to appropriately house the Schools of Business and Education, respectively. Under the proposal, Cougar Village would undergo a major replacement at the conclusion of the existing bonds and the life expectancy of the buildings.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is focused on student outcomes, said Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift today in his annual Report to the University.
Vandegrift addressed the University community, neighboring community leaders, legislators and guests, during his report in SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom.
Referring to SIUE as The e, Vandegrift said, “In a word, The e has momentum.” He pointed out that the momentum can be shown in this year’s freshman class, which has an average ACT score of 22.8, up from 21.9 in 2003. The average score for this year’s Chancellor’s and Presidential scholars is 30. The average in the state of Illinois is 20.5.
“We must admit students who are ready to succeed,” Vandegrift said. “If students are not ready to enter the university and succeed, we must assist them by developing an approach to access that reflects the reality of our progression as a university, as well as that of our partner institutions in the region.”
He touted the region’s community college system, recognizing Lewis and Clark Community College and Southwestern Illinois College in helping appropriately train and help students make the transition to a four-year degree program. He also pledged to develop strong relationships with the community colleges.
Vandegrift is in his third year as chancellor of SIUE and this newest address offers insight into the University’s immediate and future plans. New construction, program and curricula enhancements, the continued empowerment of faculty and strengthening partnerships within the community were highlighted during the 20-minute address.
The chancellor also referred to the University’s Facilities Master Plan draft that was made available for review after the event. Highlighting a $3 million state appropriation for planning and design of a renovation of the current Science Building and construction of a new Science Laboratory Building, Vandegrift stressed the importance of the University’s investment in state-of-the-art equipment to help the University boost its caliber of science programs, as well as the number of students these programs can accommodate. He also said the lack of a new science building is inhibiting the growth of SIUE.
In addition, Vandegrift spoke of a program examination and redesign that is under way. “Our curricular redesign from freshman seminar to general education will better enable students to demonstrate proficiency through our celebrated Senior Assignment program.”
Required of all graduating seniors, the Senior Assignment program ranked with Harvard, Yale, Princeton and MIT among the top 10 of its kind in the nation, according to the 2007 U.S. News and World Report. The senior program is a measure of academic proficiency.
Vandegrift also lauded SIUE as “an economic engine committed to helping our region grow.” He pointed out that last year more than 100,000 visitors attended SIUE sporting events, conferences, and performances or visited our students on campus. These visitors added $43 million to the local economy.”
A study, published this year by members of the SIUE Economics and Finance faculty, indicates the University’s total direct and indirect economic impact on the region last year was $356 million.
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved construction of 5,030 square feet of additions to the SIU Edwardsville Student Fitness Center (SFC), a project that is estimated to cost $1.6 million. The board passed the measure today during its regular monthly board meeting at SIU Carbondale.The board also granted permission for SIUE to develop conceptual plans for construction of a proposed wrestling and volleyball Center as phase one of a larger varsity athletic complex for the Edwardsville campus. With today’s action, a feasibility study—funded with private money—will be put in place to provide preliminary renderings, floor plans and cost estimates.
The SFC project will be paid with existing Fitness Center funds that have been set aside for expansion. The project and its proposed funding source must now be submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for review and approval as a non-instructional capital improvement.
Opened in 1993, the SFC was designed for future expansion, which occurred in 1997 with the opening of a 4,400-square-foot weight-room addition. A steady rise in student enrollment and demand for the SFC have made the second expansion necessary, University officials said. They also said the project already has support from the SIUE Student Senate and the Campus Recreation Advisory Committee, which is made up of faculty, staff, students and alumni.
The feasibility study would consider a wrestling and volleyball center could include a world-class wrestling facility for intercollegiate play. In addition, the study would evaluate the feasibility of providing court space for Cougar volleyball and student classroom space.
Southern Illinois University's Board of Trustees today approved an agreement aimed at saving the University more than $9 million in electricity costs during the next two fiscal years.
SIU will begin purchasing its electricity in bulk at a fixed rate Jan. 1 through a university consortium. In anticipation of rising electrical costs, SIU Carbondale, SIU Edwardsville, Western Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University joined to see what kinds of rate they could obtain on the open market.
Effective Jan. 1, non-residential electricity consumers become eligible to "shop" for electrical energy suppliers, while maintaining the local electric utility's regulated control over the delivery of electricity.
The consortium received four formal proposals with the top proposal coming from MidAmerican Energy Company. MidAmerican is the largest utility in Iowa and is strategically located in the middle of markets stretching across South Dakota, Iowa and part of Illinois
Board approval paves the way for $6.74 million in projected savings for SIUC over the next two years, and $3 million for SIUE over the same time period. The two-year contract includes the option to renew yearly for up to eight years after that.
The negotiated rate for the initial two-year contract with the consortium will be 6.62 cents per kilowatt hour during peak periods and 4.13 cents per kilowatt hour at off-peak times.
MidAmerican provides service to more than 706,000 electric customers and more than 687,000 natural gas customers, most of whom are located in a 10,600-square-mile area from Sioux Falls, S.D., to the Quad-Cities area of Iowa and Illinois.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Have you been waiting for an evening of dinner, shopping, and detective work? A perfect opportunity to accomplish all three will take place at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sunday, Nov. 5, with Murder in the MUC, a Friends of Theater and Dance “bore-d” comedy, written by FOTAD board member S.J. Morrison.
It’s all part of this year’s Mystery Dinner Theater presentation and silent auction from SIUE’s FOTAD group, a support organization for the Department of Theater and Dance. Reservations must be made by Nov.1.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. at the University Restaurant on the second floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center, where guests may view silent auction items until approximately 7 p.m. when the play will begin and dinner will be served.
Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner as well as several chances to win attendance prizes. Proceeds from the Nov. 5 event benefit FOTAD’s scholarship fund. For reservation information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.
Note: An informal media conference will immediately follow the speech.
Chancellor Vandegrift will address the University community, and invited community leaders and guests, during his Report to the University. This year’s speech will focus on the University’s momentum and how that momentum is shaping the institution, beckoning national recognition and driving it into the future.
This is the third year for the address, which provides insight into the Chancellor’s vision and the University’s immediate and future plans.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A four-day celebration of the arts will take place Oct. 24-27, on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville main campus, at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center, and in the East St. Louis community.
Drumvoices Festival of Arts #2 will feature a mix of music and dance performances, and poetry and art displays.
This year’s festival will mark the 20th birthday of the Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Writers Club. Redmond is an SIUE professor of English Language and Literature and is founder of and has been the driving force behind Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal published by the EBR Writers Club and SIUE.
The success of last year’s event prompted leaders to organize this year’s activities. Events by day will include:
12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24—Free readings and performances at the theater in SIUE’s Dunham Hall by noted St. Louis poet Michael Castro, and other local poets/authors Roscoe Crenshaw, Indianapolis Poet Laureate Mari Evans, Sherman L. Fowler, Charlois Lumpkin, Charlotte Ottley, Howard Rambsy II, Jeffrey Skoblow, Andrew Theising, Lena Weathers, and Darlene Roy, as well as Redmond himself. Also featured will be performances by Reginald Thomas, Freida L. Wheaton, the Community Performance Ensemble and the SIUE East St. Louis Higher Education Center for the Performing Arts;
7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24—free performances in the Mississippi-Illinois Room, on the second floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center, featuring the Soular Systems Ensemble and Poet Laureate Mari Evans;
12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26—The Architecture of Language: A Poetry Reading by Quincy Troupe, will take place in the Dunham Hall theater. The event is free and open to the public. K. Curtis Lyle will open for Troupe.
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26—Fruits from Poetrees: The EBE Writers Club 20th Birthday and Awards Banquet; includes a poetry presentation, musical performances and a photo exhibit at the Casino Queen Hotel Ballroom, 200 Front Street, East St. Louis; featuring Evans, Troupe, Jazz, Soular Systems Ensemble); tickets are $30 each.
7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27—Ark of the Spoken Art—“spoken” artists, dancers and drummers celebrate the EBR WritersClub's 20th birthday, East St. Louis Higher Education Center, Building D, Multipurpose Room, 601 J.R. Thompson Blvd.
SIUE sponsors of the activities include the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Cultural and Social Diversity, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of Black Studies and the EBR Writers Club.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Redmond, (618) 650-3991, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) According to The Princeton Review, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has one of the best Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited MBA programs in the world.
The Princeton Review, known for its college rankings based on how students rate their schools, recently released the current data in the 2007 edition of its annual guidebook, Best 282 Business Schools.
Fewer than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have earned the prestigious AACSB accreditation, a seal of approval that the SIUE School has earned each year since 1975. SIUE’s accounting program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.
According to School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino, the ranking reflects the excellence of the MBA program, as well as the School of Business as a whole. “This recognition is the result of the collaborative efforts of our talented faculty, dedicated staff and high-quality students,” Giamartino said.
“We offer our students a rigorous and challenging curriculum, as well as numerous opportunities for foreign study, business internships, work-study programs, and interactions with regional business leaders.”
School of Business alumni can be found leading corporations in the St. Louis region, nationally, and around the globe.
The rankings, according to The Princeton Review, were compiled based on results of surveys of students and on institutional data from those schools. Survey respondents described SIUE business professors as “very knowledgeable and well-prepared for classes” and “very interested in providing an excellent learning environment.” Students said they are drawn to the SIUE School of Business because of its excellent reputation and AACSB accreditation.
Headquartered in New York, The Princeton Review is known for its test-preparation courses, education services, and college and graduate school admission services.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The results are in: nearly 200 walkers raised more than $7,800 for student scholarships to help the SIUE School of Nursing (SON).
The 2006 Nursing Scholarship Walk, held Sept. 16, generated support from Diamond Sponsors—those giving $1,000 or more—including Anderson Hospital in Maryville, BJC Healthcare, Christian Hospital and Memorial Medical Center in Springfield; and Ruby Sponsors—those giving $500 or more—including Alton Memorial Hospital, Kelly Tracy Advertising and Design, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and Scrubs & Beyond.
Lunch sponsors included Illinois Oncology Ltd. and its founder/senior partner Dr. William Popovic and practice administrator Marleen Popovic, a two-time SON graduate in 1971 and 1974. Other lunch and beverage support was provided by PepsiCo through SIUE, Meehan’s Market of Bethalto, and Schnuck’s and Shop ‘N’ Save of Edwardsville.
“Every single person should be proud of his or her participation,” said Noël Schiber, SON director of development. “We cannot thank them enough for helping us celebrate the nursing profession and raise money for much-needed nursing scholarships to help our students fulfill their nursing dreams.”
This year’s walk was held as part of the SON’s first Alumni Weekend. Health care booths, attendance prizes and barbecue were part of the Saturday celebration.
Who: The Department of Physics Colloquium
What: A thoughtful discussion about gender issues in education
When: TODAY: 3 p.m.—refreshments; 3:30 p.m.—discussion
Where: SIUE Science Building, room 0210
The current standing of girls and women in science and math from kindergarten to high school, and into college, will be examined during this presentation, led by Laura McCullough, Ph.D., associate professor in the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Academics, students and others attending the event will focus on the most recently released gender-based statistics and research.
For more information about future colloquia, go to the Department of Physics Web site, www.siue.edu/PHYSICS/seminars.html.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A series of informational sessions during the next three months at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will address regional bio-related issues and biotechnology needs.
The sessions are sponsored by the Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center at SIUE and the Academy of Science-St. Louis. Cost for each event is $20 per person, which includes a box lunch. Each seminar takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Fridays, in the Mississippi-Illinois Room, on the second floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center.
Scheduled topics include: Commercializing Your Innovation, Oct. 20; Ag Issues in Biotechnology, Nov. 17; and Strengthening Our Local Bio-Assets, Dec. 8.
The meetings are open to the public and are aimed at educating individuals and business owners with an interest in bio-processing development.
Advance registration is required. For more information, or to register for the programs, contact Kristine Polo, director of the Entrepreneurship Center at SIUE, (618) 650-2166, or register online: www.academyofsciencestl.org.
University maps are located at www.siue.edu/maps. Parking is available in the attendant lot behind the University Center.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students will be able to learn more about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption during Alcohol Awareness Week from Oct. 9-13 when several activities will be available, courtesy of SIUE Counseling Services, University Housing, SIUE Police, and the University’s Alcohol and Drug Task Force.
Activities range from a game using “Fatal Vision” goggles to a multi-media drunk driving simulator.
“National studies have shown that a student’s GPA is affected by excessive alcohol consumption,” said Andy King, director of SIUE Counseling Services. “As alcohol consumption goes up, a student’s GPA goes down. That correlation has been proven,” he said. “We’re trying to help students become more aware of the impact alcohol can have on their lives and the damage excessive alcohol consumption can do.”
King said SIUE doesn’t have “a big problem” but that the danger exists.“
SIUE Police Sgt. Rich Delmore, a member of the task force, said Alcohol Awareness Week is an opportunity for the force to practice its philosophy of reaching out to the community. “Alcohol Awareness Week will feature information and activities associated with good health, safety and crime prevention,” he said. “This is the kind of opportunity that we really enjoy.”
Delmore pointed out that the task force meets monthly. “We encourage anyone from the University community to participate and give us input,” he said.
Jennifer Ladd, a graduate student and one of the coordinators of events during the week, said Alcohol Awareness Week is “a functional outreach” to the University community. “This is about people learning the effects of alcohol on themselves, their loved ones and their community,” she said.
“We don’t see a huge problem here at SIUE, but national statistics show us that there’s potential for alcohol abuse among college students.”
Stratton Quadrangle—Multimedia drunk driving simulator/film—10 a.m.-3 p.m.—Sponsored by CARE, a national organization dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of drunk driving, the multimedia simulator takes participants through what can happen if an inebriated person drives.
SIUE Family Resource Center—“Red Ribbons With the Kids.” The children of the Family Resource Center will bring home red ribbons for car antennae to remind all drivers not to “drink and drive.”
Prairie Hall—8 p.m.—“Partying Carefully”—Mocktails will be served along with frank discussion about alcohol abuse.
10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.—The film, “28 Days,” starring Sandra Bullock, will be shown in the John A. Abbott Theater on the lower level of Lovejoy Library.
5-7 p.m.—Bluff Hall Lobby—“Mocktails and Drinking Games.” Students can win prizes with their knowledge of the effects of alcohol abuse.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.—Play X-box games with “Fatal Vision” goggles. Students can test their “skills.”
11 a.m.—Illinois State Police Trooper Ralph Timmons and Madison County State’s Attorney William Mudge will speak about DUI enforcement in the Missouri Room, on the second floor of the Morris University Center.
Thursday and Friday:
10 a.m.-2 p.m.—Tables will be set up near Meridian Ballroom, in the Morris Center, providing information about substance abuse, addiction, treatment, and available resources.
All events are free. Information about Alcohol Awareness Week, contact Ladd, (618) 650-2197.
Bonnie Jean Chenoweth, retired SIUE payroll clerk, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, just four days after her husband, Charles, died. She was 68.
Bonnie Chenoweth first came to SIUE as a temporary Civil Service employee in 1982-83, joining the permanent staff as a typing clerk in the SIUE Bookstore the following year. She transferred to Procurement as a clerk in 1986 and became a payroll clerk in 1989. She retired from SIUE in 1996.
A graduate of Roxana High School, Chenoweth attended Eastern Illinois University. Before coming to SIUE, she was a bookkeeper for Fairfax Mobile Homes and payroll director at Wood River Printing and Publisher.
Chenoweth was a member of St. Timothy United Methodist Church, Wood River First United Methodist Church, the Wood River Heritage Council and was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America. She also was the Alton area coordinator for the Marriage Encounter group.
Visitation is scheduled from 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, until a 2 p.m. joint memorial service for her and her husband, at Marks Mortuary in Wood River. The Rev. Mark Schleeter will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Wood River Heritage Council or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Fall 2006 issue of the SIUE Annual Security Report is now available on line: admin.siue.edu/studentrightto The report contains campus safety and security information, including crime statistics for calendar years 2003, 2004, and 2005. The report is published in compliance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,” formerly known as the Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990. Federal law requires us to publish this report on October 1 each year for the benefit of employees, students, and prospective employees and students. Please take the time to review this very informative report.
You may also access this report through the SIUE Home Page at: http://www.siue.edu under Current Students; More; Campus Safety; Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics.
For those without computer access, a copy of the report is available for review at the Circulation Desk at Lovejoy Library; or from the SIUE Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228, Campus Box 1158, 618-650-2536.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) Each year more and more students have been considering Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and that means a growing number of them have been attending PREVIEW SIUE each fall. Last year, the University added an additional day because the number of PREVIEW participants has doubled in the past six years. The additional day was very successful.
PREVIEW SIUE is 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. This year, SIUE will conduct its annual open house events on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9, and Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 10.
“Last year, we added the second day and made the event much more manageable than trying to accommodate everyone on one day,” said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of SIUE Admissions and Academic Marketing. “We believe we can do a much better job in personalizing PREVIEW by offering the event on two separate days,” she said.
“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. Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that includes participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting,” Bollinger 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.”
At both events, SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson 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 each event during the information fairs in the Morris Center Goshen Lounge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At both PREVIEW opportunities, the opening 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 Tailor-Made Careers, A ‘Major’ Decision, Transferring to SIUE, 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 begins at 8 a.m. in the Morris University Center. It is recommended that interested students pre-register online at the Web site: www.siue.edu/prospectivestudents/visit, 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 either event.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) John Caupert, area manager of the North American Business Unit for Romer Labs Inc., has been named director of the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, effective Oct. 16, announced today by SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson.
“This appointment is the result of a national search to replace former NCERC Director Martha Schlicher, who left SIUE to become vice president of Engineering and Operations at Renewable Agricultural Energy Inc,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson pointed out that Caupert brings to the position 12 years of managerial experience in the agricultural industry, “particularly related to the ethanol and brewing industries.”
With Romer Labs since 2002, Caupert also was director of commercialization and business for the National Corn Growers Association, serving as Team Leader for the Ethanol Committee, from 2004-05. From 1994-2002, he was the area marketing manager for the Commodity Specialists Company, responsible for the purchase, sale, and distribution of brewery and ethanol plant residual grains.
Caupert also has professional affiliations with the American Feed Industry Association, the North American Corn Dry Miller’s Association, the National Grain and Feed Association and the American Association of Grain Inspection and Weighing Agencies.
He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in agribusiness economics at SIU Carbondale. Caupert also serves on the SIUC College of Agriculture Science Advisory Board.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A new astronomy podcast, Astronomy Cast, recently joined the ranks of science education shows available on iTunes and on the Internet. And, the co-host in the podcast is Pamela L. Gay, a visiting assistant professor of physics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Astronomy Cast, which offers listeners weekly discussions about astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology, takes a weekly “facts-based journey through the cosmos,” Gay said. The show is hosted by Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today.
Gay, formerly with Slacker Astronomy, a podcast that has since been discontinued, said Astronomy Cast is designed as “edu-tainment,” bringing the questions of avid astronomy fans direct to an astronomer. “The discussion that results places the latest discoveries in a historic and scientific context that is accessible to the introductory astronomy student and the armchair astronomy enthusiast,” Gay said.
“Listeners can’t help but learn.”
Astronomy Cast podcasts are available for free, either through the iTunes Music Store (in the Science & Medicine section of the Podcast menu) or direct from the podcast’s Web site: www.astronomycast.com. “A portable audioplayer isn’t even necessary, as the shows are all available for listening directly from the Web site,” Cain said.
He pointed out that one of the main objectives for Astronomy Cast is to cover a single topic in astronomy, space science or cosmology each week in non-technical language. According to Cain, educators can point students at the shows as an additional resource for specific topics. “They can expect the shows to be professionally produced, and to contain language appropriate for all ages,” he said.
“In planning out Astronomy Cast, we wanted to create a show that was timeless and
educational, not focused on news of the week, but providing a deep understanding about topics in astronomy. Not just what we know, but how we know what we know,” explains Cain.
In its first few episodes, Astronomy Cast already has explained the International Astronomical Union’s new definition of “planethood,” methods of detecting the exotic kinds of extrasolar planets discovered so far, as well as dark matter. Future podcasts will cover dark energy, quasars, gamma ray bursts, the Big Bang theory and standard candles, to name a few.
“As a variable star observer, I'm keenly aware of the important relationship between amateurs and professionals in astronomy,” Gay said. “But I also see the misunderstandings by the public and the media about the nature of what we do. Everybody loves astronomy, they just don’t understand it very well.
“This show provides a way to bridge that gap,” Gay said.Back to top