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October 2008

·ASHP President To Address SIUE School of Pharmacy Students
·SIUE Pharmacy Associate Professor To Speak At Diabetes Symposium
·AACP Recognizes SIUE Assistant Professor In School of Pharmacy
·Two SIUE Groups Seek Election Day Donations For Oasis Women's Center
·SIUE Chancellor Touts Defining Excellence Through Institutional Leadership
·SIUE School of Pharmacy, City of Edwardsville Celebrate Pharmacists
·SIUE School of Nursing Students Work With AHA, Talk To Students
·SIUE To Host A Film, Discussion About Taliban-Era Afghanistan
·SIUE School of Engineering Instructor Awarded Best Peer Reviewed Paper
·SIU President Chooses Sarvela As New Vice President For Academic Affairs
·Oct. 30 Savion Glover's BARE SOUNDZ A&I Event Sold Out
·A Season For The Child Opens Its 2008-09 Season With Hansel and Gretel
·SIUE International Night Set For Nov. 1
·SIUE Assistant Professor Receives ASCAPLUS Award For Compositions
·SIUE School of Pharmacy, City of Edwardsville Celebrate Pharmacists
·Johhny Rabbit Hops On Campus
· Get Found Online Or Get Left Behind Topic Of Search Engine Seminar
·The Gardens at SIUE To Host Afternoon of Fun-Filled Family Activities
·The Gas Heart
Opens Oct. 29 At SIUE; A Play In The Dada Tradition
·Hundreds Of Students Expected To Attend Regional Fair At SIUE
·SIUE Art Department Continues Saturday Studio
·SIUE School of Pharmacy Students win at "Pharmacy Jeopardy"
·SIUE Pharmacy Student Receives IPA Foundation Scholarship
·Third in Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker And Film Series At SIUE
·D. Klein Named Employee Of The Month For October
·Changes
·Second in Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker and Film Series Coming to SIUE
·SIUE Associate Professor of Historical Studies Named Fulbright Scholar
·St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard Speaks To Business Students
·SIUE Ranked Among Princeton Review's 296 Best Business Schools
·SIUE School Of Nursing Receives Another $1.6 Million For National Study
·FOTAD Trivia Night Jan. 17 Means Fun, Food And Door Prizes
·SIUE Alcohol Awareness Week Set For Oct. 13-16 On Campus
·Meet Two More New Faculty
· Graduate Programs Highlighted At SIUE Open House
·SIUE To Host Two Previews For College-Bound Students And Parents
·10th District Illinois Nurses Association Legislative Night
·SIUE School of Nursing Scholarship Walk Raises More Than $4,700
·SIUE School of Nursing Celebrates Dedication To Profession
·SIUE Professor, Grad Student Win National IEEE Competition

10/31/08

ASHP President To Address SIUE School of Pharmacy Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Kevin J. Colgan, will speak to students at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy during three addresses Thursday, Nov. 13.

Colgan, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and Midwestern University, will talk to students about the importance of ASHP membership and professional advocacy at 9:45 a.m., and again at 12:30 and 3:45 p.m.

A 35,000-member national professional association, the ASHP represents pharmacists practicing in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care and other components of health care systems. As the only national organization of hospital and health-system pharmacists, it has a long history of improving medication use and enhancing patient safety.

"Membership in ASHP is vital for pharmacists in the health-system arena because it advocates on behalf those of us in the profession and allows us to share "best practices" in the field. Having the national president address our students reinforces the importance of advocacy, continuing education and working together as part of the health-care team, to help patients make the best use of their medications," said Lisa Lubsch, clinical assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice.

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10/31/08

SIUE Pharmacy Associate Professor To Speak At Diabetes Symposium

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice J. Christopher Lynch from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Pharmacy will present The Role of Pharmacists in Caring for Patients with Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease at the 36th Annual Kilo Diabetes Symposium on Nov. 21-22 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis.

The conference is named for Charles Kilo, M.D., professor of pathology, immunology and medicine at Washington University's School of Medicine. Kilo also is the chairman of the Kilo Diabetes and Vascular Research Foundation.

Lynch, a Southern Illinois native who earned a bachelor's of Science and doctorate from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, will be among 16 medical professionals from universities across the country who will speak during the symposium. He has been a pharmacist for 10 years, spending some of his time in Chicago and New Orleans.

Faculty experiences include the University of Illinois Chicago, Tulane University Medical School and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where Dr. Lynch received the Alumni Association's Outstanding Faculty Award. Clinical experiences include serving as the director of pharmacy services for the Diabetes Center of Excellence at Charity Hospital New Orleans. His research interests include diabetes, hypertension and women's health.

"Lynch's enthusiasm and dedication to patient-centered care is evident in everything he does," said School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. "His willingness to assume leadership roles in the professional community further demonstrates his commitment to the pharmacy profession. It is an honor for our School of Pharmacy to have Dr. Lynch representing the pharmacy profession at this conference, and recognizes the important impact pharmacists can have in diabetes care.

"Our students are lucky to have faculty so well versed in evolving practice roles."

The event is a nationally recognized meeting for thought leaders to discuss diabetes care and research. The goal of the symposium is to increase knowledge about diabetes, endocrinology and vascular disease. More than 500 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dieticians and health care providers are expected to attend.

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10/31/08

AACP Recognizes SIUE Assistant Professor In School of Pharmacy

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Radhika Devraj, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, recently received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy New Investigators Program Award, sponsored by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

Devraj will be involved in a project to promote health literacy through Health People 2010, which is a government initiative to improve the health of the U.S. population. Health literacy is defined as the basic reading and numerical skills required of patients to understand information that affects health outcomes and adherence to medical guidelines and instructions.

An estimated 90 million Americans-nearly half the population-have limited functional literacy skills when it comes to understanding health information. Because pharmacists are the most accessible health care professionals, the study will examine how to influence Illinois pharmacists' knowledge, attitudes and barriers in communicating with patients. Currently there is little mention of health literacy in pharmacy literature.

"The results of the study will be used to make targeted recommendations and offer solutions to address the barriers faced in incorporating health literacy into patient-pharmacists interactions," said Devraj.

The AACP is a national organization that acts as an advocate for more than 100 colleges and schools of pharmacy in the United States, which includes more than 4,000 faculty members, 46,000 students and 3,400 individuals pursuing graduate study.

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10/30/08

Two SIUE Groups Seek Election Day Donations For Oasis Women's Center

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) While the upcoming election has taken center stage in recent months, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Athletics Department and the University's Women's Studies Program are asking people to take action in another way this Election Day.

A variety of items will be collected for Oasis Women's Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the Vadalabene Center, when the SIUE Women's Volleyball team takes on Eastern Kentucky. Oasis is a domestic violence shelter and resource center for women and children. The center also provides housing and rehabilitation services for victims.

"It's a really great cause," said Julie Matthews, the Women's Studies program graduate assistant. She encouraged individuals to come to the volleyball game and to support Women's Studies and Oasis by making donations.

Items requested include unopened toiletries, paper products-including toilet paper and paper towels- personal care items, such as shampoo, lotions and deodorant, diapers, baby wipes and batteries, household cleaning supplies and money.

With questions about the event, or for more information about making donations to Oasis, contact the Women's Studies Office, (618) 650-5060.

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10/29/08

SIUE Chancellor Touts Defining Excellence Through Institutional Leadership

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift delivered his annual address Wednesday; this year titled Defining Excellence through Institutional Leadership. In his Report to the University in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom, Vandegrift told the University community, neighboring community leaders, legislators and guests that the news is good when it comes to the current freshman class and total enrollment.

He pointed out the University received nearly 8,000 freshman applications for fall enrollment and increased its freshman enrollment by nearly 200 students. Thirty percent of freshmen scored 25 or greater on the ACT, compared with a quarter of the 2004 entering freshman class. SIUE's average ACT score among freshmen for fall 2008 was 22.64. Vandegrift also introduced a multi-faceted scholarship program to offer new merit and need-based financial assistance opportunities to students starting in fall 2009, as well as lower tuition rates to high-achieving out-of-state students that will make attending The "e" even more affordable.

Vandegrift noted that for the fourth consecutive year, SIUE has been recognized by U.S.News and World Report in the senior capstone experience category among 17 universities-including Yale, Harvard, MIT and Princeton-for its comprehensive program measuring the competency of graduating seniors. The University also has been listed in the publication among the top 10 public universities in the Midwest-Master's category for the second consecutive year-this year also among the top one-third of all public and private Midwestern universities.

"The 'e' has momentum," Vandegrift said. "SIUE continues to develop as a first-tier, first-choice destination school for many Illinois and Metropolitan area families." He said the next transition in the University's development "should be that we take a leadership role as a model teacher-scholar comprehensive master's institution in higher education. Our vision for national recognition begins with the development of solid citizens who graduate from this institution wiser than when they arrived, inspired to engage in public service, enlivened with a passion for culture, the arts and life-long learning and committed to a better world," he said. The chancellor also praised the SIUE School of Business, featured among the Best 296 Business Schools: in the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review.

Curricula enhancements, including the establishment of the new Academic Advancement Center, the continued empowerment of faculty and the strengthening of partnerships within the community through ventures such as the University initiated SIUeDay fundraiser were highlighted during the 30-minute address. He also spoke about the Student Success Center addition to the Morris University Center, which has been championed by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel.

Between summer 2004 and summer 2009, $130 million in infrastructure renovations and building projects will have been completed he said, adding: "SIUE is in the midst of its largest building phase since the initial construction of the campus began in 1958." Obtaining funding through a state capital bill to expand and renovate the University's Science Building continues to be a major priority, he said.

Academically, Vandegrift stressed that producing tomorrow's citizen-leaders begins today in the classroom and on campus. He acknowledged the contributions of the SIUE faculty, noting that strengthening programs is essential to sending competent graduates into the world to take on leadership roles. He also highlighted:
o The announcement last spring that SIUE will compete at the NCAA Division I level, as the 11th member of the Ohio Valley Conference.
o SIUE's research park, University Park, will be home to the American Red Cross' brand new, state-of-the-art, 170,000-square-foot centralized blood manufacturing and testing facility in 2011.
o Two new baccalaureate degree programs under consideration: one in general studies and another in health sciences. Both would provide more career options for students.
o The introduction of nine new faculty positions in fall 2009 in the College of Arts and Sciences, in the Health Sciences; and in the schools of Nursing, Education and Engineering.
o The University, led by Vice Chancellor for University Relations Patrick Hundley, garnered approximately $10 million in gifts and pledges since July 2007.

Click here for the full text of the Chancellor's speech

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10/24/08

SIUE School of Pharmacy, City of Edwardsville Celebrate Pharmacists

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur signed a proclamation Thursday at Edwardsville City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Ave., recognizing October as American Pharmacists Month in the city.

More than 30 representatives from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, including students, faculty and staff, as well as local pharmacists, were on hand to celebrate the designation. Niebur acknowledged the importance of the pharmacy profession, and of pharmacists in having a critical role in the lives of individuals, from the tiniest infant to the most advanced senior citizen.

In 2004, the APhA introduced a month of activities to promote public education on key issues related to pharmacy practice nationwide, including pharmacy careers, medication safety and educational standards. The theme of this year's celebration is Know Your Medicines-Know Your Pharmacist.

Throughout the month, activities highlight the importance of the pharmacists in the health care system and showcase their role as medication experts.

Click here for a photo, taken at Edwardsville City Hall: The picture shows a group of SIUE School of Pharmacy students and representatives surrounding Mayor Gary Niebur, seated, Association Dean of the School of Pharmacy Gireesh Gupchup and Dean Philip Medon, standing to the right.

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10/23/08

SIUE School of Nursing Students Work With AHA, Talk To Students

A group of students from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing volunteered their time recently to work with the American Heart Association to help 700 students at the Fulton Junior High School in O'Fallon through the "Go Healthy" initiative.

The student nurses took students' blood pressure and heart rate readings and shared information about heart health, heart diseases and conditions. The Fulton students were able to use the information in health classes the next week.

According to the AHA Web site, T-shirts the volunteer student nurses wore in the photo show Hugo, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation mascot. The Alliance is a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. With Clinton and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the alliance is working to wipe out childhood obesity and inspire young Americans to develop healthy habits for life.

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10/23/08

SIUE To Host A Film, Discussion About Taliban-Era Afghanistan

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Religious Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be the site for a viewing of The Kite Runner, a film about Taliban-era Afghanistan.

The film, which focuses on a boy who betrays a childhood friend, will be shown in hour-long increments over three days, two showings each day, at 3:30 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Nov. 4, for watching the film and a discussion set to take place at both times Thursday, Nov. 6.

The film will be shown during a class period, which is why viewing and discussion will take place in increments. Viewing is open to anyone, with students in the fields of writing, film studies, literature, history, cross-cultural studies, psychology, sociology and religious studies encouraged to attend.

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10/23/08

SIUE School of Engineering Instructor Awarded Best Peer Reviewed Paper

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Carla Lopez del Puerto, an instructor for the Department of Construction n the SIUE School of Engineering, recently won the American Society of Civil Engineering 2008 Journal of Management in Engineering-Best Peer Reviewed Paper Award.

"This award makes me feel that my research is valuable to the profession," said Lopez del Puerto. "It also brings recognition to the department and the University at the national level."

In the paper, "Comparative Analysis of Owner Goals for Design/Build Projects," Lopez del Puerto and two others, D. Gransberg and J. Shane, explore industry attitudes about design/build project delivery and compare those with owner attitudes regarding design/build project success. The paper also reports the results of a study that compared what owners believe is important to achieve in their project goals using design/build project delivery to what they make important in their design/build proposal evaluation plans.

The award will be presented in November at the 2008 ASCE annual conference in Pittsburgh.

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10/23/08

SIU President Chooses Sarvela As New Vice President For Academic Affairs

(CARBONDALE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard has announced that Paul Sarvela, dean of the SIU Carbondale College of Applied Sciences and Arts, has been selected as the University's next vice president for academic affairs.

"Dean Sarvela is an educational innovator with an impressive administrative track record of developing nationally recognized programs," Poshard said. "Paul is an experienced professional, well prepared for the challenge of cultivating strong academic programs in an era of reduced state support and increased competition for public universities."

The vice president for academic affairs functions as the chief academic officer of the University, providing university-wide leadership and consultation to campus chancellors and the president on all academic matters. He or she is the University's spokesperson and representative in discussing academic programs with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The vice president also staffs the Academic Matters Committee of the SIU Board of Trustees.

"The opportunity to work with this institution's dedicated faculty and administrators, who each and every day help grow and strengthen the educational and research programs of this great University, is truly an honor," Sarvela said.

Sarvela, who has earned three degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in health education, 1984; M.S in educational psychology, 1983; A.B. psychology 1981), has been a professor at SIUC since 1986. During his tenure at SIUC, he has held key administrative positions, including being selected as dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) in 2002. CASA enrolls approximately 2,600 students each year, including 600 off-campus students at 18 sites throughout the United States. Under Sarvela's direction, CASA has been at the forefront of creating successful off-campus programs with Illinois community colleges.

Sarvela's experience also includes serving as chair of the Department of Health Care Professions within CASA and as director of the Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development. Sarvela has lectured, researched and published extensively on the subject of
health care with a particular emphasis on rural health care problems.

He holds a tenured professorship in the School of Allied Health and also serves as a clinical professor with the SIU School of Medicine.
"Paul's broad administrative experience, his excellent research background, and his thorough knowledge of the SIU system, especially its health care components, will allow him to hit the ground running in this very important position," Poshard said.

"Since assuming the role of dean of the School of Nursing at Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville), Dr. Paul Sarvela was and continues to be one of the first persons to reach out to me," said Marcia Maurer, dean of the SIUE School of Nursing. "He is a strong advocate of baccalaureate nursing and providing the best health care services to the Southern Illinois region. His background and experience in the allied health professions will be an important addition to a University with one of the most comprehensive array of health care professions programs in the nation."

Sarvela replaces retiring SIU Academic Vice President John Haller, who has served in the position since 1990.

"Dr. Sarvela is an excellent choice," Haller said. "Paul couples the administrative experience necessary for this position with an extensive working knowledge of many of the University's academic programs. He has demonstrated a willingness to collaborate with his colleagues on both campuses, including the School of Medicine, which will serve him well in his new position."

Sarvela was one of three finalists recommended for the position by an internal search committee made up of faculty and administrators from the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses. Sarvela was chosen by Poshard after receiving high marks from campus-level interviews and a personal interview with Poshard.

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10/22/08

Oct. 30 Savion Glover's BARE SOUNDZ A&I Event Sold Out

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Oct. 30 performance of choreographer and dancer Savion Glover, BARE SOUNDZ, part of the 2008-09 Arts & Issues series at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is sold out. "We are happy with the response to Savion Glover's appearance and we're sorry not everyone will have the opportunity to see this wonderful dancer on our stage," said Grant Andree, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series for the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.

"We're providing this information about the sold out concert so that other patrons will not make an unnecessary trip to campus for tickets."

Tickets still are available for the Dec. 10 appearance of the Boys of the Lough, who will present the holiday show, A Celtic Christmas. Tickets are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or through the Arts & Issues Web site: www.siue.edu/artsandissues.

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10/22/08

A Season For The Child Opens Its 2008-09 Season With Hansel and Gretel

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Season for the Child (SfC), the family-oriented live theater season sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) and TheBANK of Edwardsville, opens its 19th season with the Brothers Grimm favorite Hansel and Gretel on Saturday, Oct. 25. Performance of the musical adaptation of this popular fairytale will begin at 7 p.m. that Saturday in the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall.

The first FOTAD season premiered in 1990. SfC features professional theater troupes from St. Louis staging adaptations of various children's stories, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience . Hansel and Gretel, to be performed by Piwacket Theater for Children, extols a message of bravery in this charming play from the Grimms that chronicles the adventures of our little hero and heroine who are lost in the woods but find someone who might not be trustworthy. Piwacket is in its 17th season of captivating young audiences with cleverly adapted fairytales filled with catchy songs, dance, colorful costumes and magical props.

FOTAD, a support group for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, uses the proceeds to help fund merit awards for talented SIUE theater and dance students. Each year, the organization awards some $5,000 in merit scholarships to qualified students. FOTAD also funds scholarships for new freshmen entering the theater and dance program. The support organization recently created an endowment to help fund the merit scholarship program. Those interested in donating to the endowment may contact Greg Conroy, (618) 692-0874.

Tickets for Saturday's performance are $5 per person and are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. The holiday production of the 2008-09 season is The Little Fir Tree, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

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10/22/08

SIUE International Night Set For Nov. 1

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "A Coming Together of Nations" is the theme of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's International Night scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris Center. International Night is the culmination of International Week, Oct. 28-29, in the Goshen Lounge, also on the first floor of the Morris Center. International student organization booths will feature clothing, cultural artifacts, books, music, and demonstrations representing many countries.

International Night begins on Nov. 1 with a buffet of international cuisine at 6 p.m. and will continue at 7 p.m. with international dance, music, and cultural presentations by student organizations in the ballroom. The Campus Activities Board and the International Student Council (ISC) are co-sponsors of both events.

Ticket prices for International Night are: $15; SIUE faculty and staff, $13; SIUE students with valid ID, $11. Tickets are available in the Information Center on the first floor of the Morris Center, (618) 650-5555. For more information, please visit the ISC Web site: www.siue.edu/STACTV/ISC or contact Ksenia Petrova by e-mail: kpetrov@siue.edu.

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10/22/08

SIUE Assistant Professor Receives ASCAPLUS Award For Compositions

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Kimberly K. Archer, assistant professor of music composition at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently received an annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ASCAPLUS Award for her professional work.

According to its Web site, ASCAP secures performance and recording royalties for member songwriters in pop and jazz fields and composers in concert music. Members include Pulitzer Prize winning composers John Corigliano and David Lang.

ASCAPLUS was established to assist ASCAP in recognizing and supporting successful concert composers. The judging panel includes internationally distinguished composers, conductors and critics.

The Web site states: "Each applicant is considered on merit and in the context of all others applying. ASCAPLUS is not a contest or competition involving the critical evaluation of any specific work or works. The primary basis for panel determinations is the activity generated by each member's catalog, with emphasis on recent performances."

During the past year, Archer composed and premiered Symphony No. 3 for Wind Ensemble, which is a 30-minute piece she created. She also released her first two symphonies on CD and had several regional performances of other works.

Archer, who is in her fourth year at SIUE, teaches composition, music theory and analysis. She holds degrees from Florida State University, Syracuse University and the

University of Texas at Austin and has studied with David Maslanka, David Gillingham, Andrew Waggoner and Donald Grantham. Her music has been performed throughout the United States and abroad, including such venues as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and College Band Directors National Association conventions.

ASCAPLUS is an awards program that offers cash and recognition to active writers in the early and mid-stages of their careers and established writers outside broadcast media.

More information is available at www.ascap.com.

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10/22/08

SIUE School of Pharmacy, City of Edwardsville Celebrate Pharmacists

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur will sign a proclamation at 11 a.m. Thursday at Edwardsville City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Ave., recognizing October as American Pharmacists Month in the city.

Representatives from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, as well as local pharmacists, will be on hand to celebrate the designation and share stories about how pharmacists touch people's lives daily.

"Our student pharmacists play a vital role in improving the overall healthcare of their patients," said SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. "American Pharmacists Month allows us to celebrate and promote that fact."

The first celebration of pharmacists began in the United States in 1925, prompted by the then-American Pharmaceutical Association-now known as the American Pharmacy Association (APhA)-with a week dedicated to the profession. For nearly 80 years the week of recognition, called National Pharmacy Week, continued each October.

In 2004, the APhA introduced a month of activities to promote public education on key issues related to pharmacy practice nationwide, including pharmacy careers, medication safety and educational standards.

Throughout the month, activities highlight the importance of the pharmacists in the health care system and showcase their role as medication experts.

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10/21/08

Johhny Rabbit Hops On Campus

St. Louis radio personality Ron Elz, aka Johnny Rabbit, visited Lovejoy Library Tuesday with KSDK-TV (Ch 5) Multi-Media Journalist Dana Hendrickson to film a segment interview for the station's afternoon feature, Show-Me St. Louis. Elz interviewed Associate Professor Therese Dickman, fine arts and music librarian at Lovejoy Library, about the library's renowned music collections, especially the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive, and the Music Special Collections including the Ruth Slenczynska Collection, the Booker Collection of silent films music, the KMOX Music Collection and the Essex Music Collection that includes hymnals dating as early as 1774. Show-Me St. Louis will show the segment between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. The segment also will appear on the station's Web site after that time: www.ksdk.com. Click here for the photo that shows Elz, with his signature Johnny Rabbit hat, and Dickman discussing some albums in the Music Listening Room as Hendrickson took the shot. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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10/20/08

Get Found Online Or Get Left Behind Topic Of Search Engine Seminar

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An informative search engine marketing seminar titled Get Found Online Or Get Left Behind, presented by Network Solutions®, will take place from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Morris University Center's Hickory/Hackberry Room on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a tuition fee of $40 per person will be charged.

Those who attend the seminar will learn to increase Web site traffic, discover how consumers conduct searches for products and services; gain insight as to how to attract the most qualified customers, identify ways to influence search engine rankings and maximize a company's bottom line by using search technology.

The event is hosted by the SIUE School of Business and the Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center.

For maps and directions, visit www.siue.edu/maps. For more information, contact events@networksolutions.com, or visit www.siueschoolofbusiness.com/ec to pre-register for the event.

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10/20/08

The Gardens at SIUE To Host Afternoon of Fun-Filled Family Activities

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is having a party and the community is invited.

Friends of The Gardens at SIUE are hosting an afternoon of fun-filled family activities, live performances, refreshments and more from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in the 35-acre botanical garden on its campus.

Award-winning author Jennifer Ward, a native of Edwardsville, also will be on site to lead families in fun, dirt-filled activities. The first 50 new memberships or membership renewals to The Friends of The Gardens will receive a free, autographed copy of Ward's book, i love dirt: 52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonders of nature.

"The event is driven by the Friends and we see it as an opportunity to showcase what The Gardens can be about as we move forward," said Doug Conley, director of The Gardens.

Those who attend the event will enjoy performances by the students from the SIUE Suzuki Strings program and a student brass quintet. Activities throughout the afternoon are free and open to the public. For more information, call (618) 650-3070, or visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/gardens. In case of inclement weather, call (618) 650-3070 the day of the event to find out if the event still is being held.

The Gardens is a Missouri Botanical Garden Signature Garden featuring natural areas, gardens and sculpture arranged in a landscaped setting. The Gardens is a public garden of beauty and distinction that serves as a natural laboratory for education and provides a haven for relaxation and enjoyment.

Free parking will be available in the Cougar Lake Recreation Area Lot off Cougar Lake Road, just west of the Gardens.

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10/16/08

The Gas Heart Opens Oct. 29 At SIUE; A Play In The Dada Tradition

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) This is a news release about Le Coeur à Gaz (The Gas Heart), or it's not. It's a 1920 play by Tristan Tsara, one of the founders of what became the Dada Movement. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the James F. Metcalf Theater on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Dada philosophy came about in Europe at the outbreak of the First World War. It was dedicated to anti-war sentiment and, through the arts, came out against cultural and intellectual conformity. So, in the spirit of Dadaism, this is the end of the news release .... But, that would seem a bit surreal. Wait, that's yet another movement spawned by the Dadaists. So, let's return to Tsara's play at the Metcalf. According to Director David Whitacre, a theater and dance major at the University, The Gas Heart is about nothing. "We are not trying to recreate Dada-that's absurd," Whitacre said. In fact, absurdist drama came out of the Dada Movement. "The most important thing the audience should remember is to anticipate nothing.

"Instead of trying to determine what Dada is, we should be focusing on the importance found in the creation Dada allows for. The Dada Art Movement constantly derailed expectations. It was considered 'anti-art,'" Whitacre explained. "By breaking the conventions expected by the audience, the actors are allowed more creative freedom." Whitacre is asking the audience to pay attention to the process the actors go through to create the play rather than trying to make sense of the play itself, which is a Dada concept. "The process is where the creation happens," he said. "The show itself, the physical manifestation of the show, is actually the death of the Dada for the actors and the audience begins the exploration of its process as an audience."

What the audience will see on stage are actors portraying a mouth, a nose, an eye, an ear, neck and eyebrow. The dialogue is a series of non-sequiturs in the misuse of proverbs and metaphors. A series of dance routines, referred to by one critic as "bewildering ballets," are interspersed amidst the dialogue. " The Gas Heart is going to prove how the product of someone's creative genius is completely unimportant," Whitacre pointed out. "The show has no fire extinguishers, no rules, no safety nets, nothing. It is going to be the execution of Dada through the audience's process of interpretation and appreciation of pure, uncensored anti-art."

The show continues at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, all at the Metcalf Theater, adjacent to the SIUE Student Fitness Center parking lot. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at SIUE's Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or at the door.

Or not.

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10/16/08

Hundreds Of Students Expected To Attend Regional Fair At SIUE

(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. 21, 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. It 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.

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. The ICE Fair is a consolidated opportunity to explore a wide variety of higher education options. Pamela French, 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 nearly 100 private and public educational institutions in a well-structured setting." French said.

Virginia Sparks, guidance counselor at Roxana High School, likes the regional concept. "The ICE Fair is an invaluable opportunity for high school students to gather educational information from in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities," Sparks said. "Students should definitely take advantage of this chance to meet with college reps one-on-one prior to selecting their school of choice. It is an event no student or parent should miss."

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10/15/08

SIUE Art Department Continues Saturday Studio

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The "Saturday Studio" morning art classes for primary, intermediate, middle school students and high school students-conducted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design-continue Oct. 18-Dec. 6 in SIUE's Alumni Hall and the SIUE Art and Design Building. According to SIUE Assistant Professor Alyssia Ruggiero, head of the art education division of the department, the studio experience is intended to stimulate the creative and aesthetic growth of students through the use of media and generating ideas for creative expression. "Students will learn about the development of themes and methods of creating art," Ruggiero said.

The Saturday morning art education program consists of three classes-Primary Children's, Ages 6-8, Room 3200 Alumni Hall, and Intermediate Art, ages 9-12, Room 3201 Alumni Hall, both from 9- 11:30 a.m.; and Drawing/Painting Jr./Sr. High, Ages 13-18, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ages 13-18, Room 2102, Art and Design Building.

More information about registration, class fee, availability of space, what each class offers, and scheduling may be obtained by calling the SIUE Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3183, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3183, or, by writing the department at SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1764.

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10/10/08

SIUE School of Pharmacy Students win at "Pharmacy Jeopardy"

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy students, Angela Chiu and Phuong Nguyen, wowed judges with answers to a variety of over-the-counter drug related questions recently at the Illinois Pharmacist Association's "Pharmacy Jeopardy" challenge.

Chiu and Nguyen, both third-year students, competed in a team of three licensed pharmacists, placing first at the IPA's competition at the state organization's annual convention in St. Louis.

The event allowed many teams of pharmacists and students from throughout Illinois and Missouri to compete against each other, answering "Jeopardy"-type questions, such as what medication is made up of a collection of certain ingredients.

"This is a terrific opportunity for our students to team up with licensed pharmacists and work together, pooling their knowledge to answer difficult questions," said Teri McCullough, assistant director of experiential education and clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at SIUE.

The school will be allowed to keep the official trophy for a year, until next year's competition, McCullough added.

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10/10/08

SIUE Pharmacy Student Receives IPA Foundation Scholarship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy student recently received a prestigious scholarship award through the Illinois Pharmacist Association Foundation.

Diana Jason, of Lincolnshire, received the IPA Foundation's Alan Granat Memorial Scholarship, established as a memorial tribute to Granat, who served as the organization's executive director from 1979 until his death in 1989.

The award is presented annually to a pharmacist and/or pharmacy student who has/have exhibited a commitment to pharmacy and community through membership and participation in pharmacy organizations and community involvement.

Jason, who will graduate in May 2009 from the school with a doctor of pharmacy degree, has been actively involved with the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists. She has served as the chapter's president-elect and president, adding patient care projects to the agenda, including "Operation diabetes," "Operation HPV Awareness" and "Heartburn Awareness." She joined other students in preparing an Avian flu kit poster, which won first place in the school competition at last year's IPhA Annual Conference.

As a member of the national APhA communications committee, Jason has written articles for The Student Pharmacist and is on the APhA editorial advisory board for Pharmacy Today. During the last academic year, she placed in the top 10 in the
American Society of Health System Pharmacists' Clinical Skills Competition and was third runner-up in the national APhA-ASP patient counseling competition.

Upon graduation she plans to complete a pharmacy practice residence and explore her interests in critical care, ambulatory care, drug information and academia.

"Jason is a leader among our students," said SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. "Her dedication to the field of pharmacy, and her involvement in the local and national community is evident in everything she does. We are thrilled the IphA Foundation board members recognized that commitment."

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10/10/08

Third in Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker And Film Series At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Islamic Cyborgs? A Study of Iran's Mystical Cinema, featuring Mottahedeh, will be presented at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Morris University Center (MUC).

The SIUE speaker and film series educates people about life and culture in Iran and is made possible through SIUE's Excellence in Undergraduate Education program, the Department of Philosophy and the Office of University Housing.

Negar Mottahedeh, an expert in Iranian cinema and an assistant professor of literature and women's studies at Duke University, will be the featured speaker.

All future events will begin at 5 p.m. and take place on the SIUE campus, including:
o Classical Persian Music Structures, presented by Hossein Omoumi, the Maseeh professor in Persian performing arts from the University of California Irvine, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the MUC;
o Film Screening: The Runner, a film by Amir Naderi, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
o The World is My Home: On the Poetics of Cosmopolitanism, featuring Hamid Dabashi, the Hagop Kevorkian professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University, on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the MUC Conference Center;
o Film Screening: Offside, a film by Jafar Panahi with an introduction by Farshad Aminian-Tankei, a Kurdish-Iranian American filmmaker and assistant professor in the department of communication and philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University, on Wednesday, March 18, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
o "What Would You Like to Become?" Answers from Iranian School Children, again featuring Aminian-Tankei, on Thursday, March 19 in the John C. Abbot Auditorium at Lovejoy Library;
o Film Screening: The Willow Tree, a film by Majid Majidi, with an introduction by Stone, on Tuesday, April 7, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
o From Cloistered to Cosmopolitan: Women's Representation in Iranian Cinema, presented by Hamid Naficy, the John Evans Chair of Communications in the Department of Radio/Film/Television at Northwestern University, on Wednesday, April 8, in Abbott Auditorium;
o Cosmopolitan Iran, Remembrance and the Future: An Open Forum, presented by Professor Lucian Stone, on Wednesday, April 29, in the MUC Conference Center.

For more information, visit the series Web page: www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/philosophy/cosmopolitan_iran.shtml, or contact Stone by telephone, (618) 650-2246, or by e-mail: lustone@siue.edu.

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10/8/08

D. Klein Named Employee Of The Month For October

Congratulations: Delores "Dee Dee" Klein, an office support specialist for the School of Pharmacy, is the October recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo she is flanked by Kenn Neher, vice chancellor for Administration who presented the honor, and Connie Stamper-Carr, director of Student Services for the School who nominated Klein for the award. She also was nominated for the award by Tessa Keys (at far left), an academic advisor for the School. At far right is Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon. In addition to the plaque she is holding, Klein was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant.

Click here for a photo suitable for print. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

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10/8/08

Changes

Personnel

  • Stefan Bradley, assistant professor of historical studies, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Cheryl Brunsmann, a coordinator in Educational Outreach, was named assistant director, effective Sept. 1.
  • Tammy Burt, assistant professor of kinesiology and health education, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • John Danley, professor of philosophy, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.
  • Daniel Dooly, assistant professor of computer science, left the University Aug. 15.
  • Frederick Dreiling, assistant professor of growth development and structure at the School of Dental Medicine, left the University April 30 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Manu Gupta, assistant professor of economics and finance, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • James LeCheminant, assistant professor of kinesiology and health education, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Roger Maclean joined the University April 14 as executive director of Educational Outreach.
  • Claudia McVicker, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Michael Moore, associate professor of historical studies, left the University May 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • M. Kent Neely, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, left the University July 31 to become provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Western Oregon University at Monmouth.
  • Ena Rose-Green, assistant professor of accounting, left the University May 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Jason Sobkowski, clinical assistant professor of applied dental medicine at the School of Dental Medicine, left the University Sept. 19.
  • Lance Speer, program director of student publications, left the University Aug. 1 to relocate with his wife, Kim Voss, of the Department of Mass Communications.
  • Tongele N. Tongele, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, left the University Aug. 15 to relocate to Washington, DC.
  • Jennifer Vandever, director of Academic Computing, was named interim associate vice chancellor for Information Technology Services and CIO of the University, effective July 1.
  • Kimberly Voss, assistant professor of mass communications, left the University Aug. 1 to accept a position elsewhere.

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10/8/08

Second in Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker and Film Series Coming to SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A speaker and film series at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville educates people about life and culture in Iran.

Made possible through SIUE's Excellence in Undergraduate Education program, the Department of Philosophy and the Office of University Housing, the next event in the Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker and Film Series will take place in the John C. Abbott Auditorium in Lovejoy Library at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, with the screening of the film, The Wind Will Carry Us, by award-winning filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

Negar Mottahedeh, an expert in Iranian cinema and an assistant professor of literature and women's studies at Duke University, will provide an introduction.
According to Lucian Stone, an assistant professor of philosophy at SIUE and chief organizer of the series, "Iran is a living and dynamic cosmopolitan community, reflecting multiple spheres of influence for which no single voice can speak. The scheduled series of speakers and films will explore the Iranian polyvocal community through cultural outlets," Stone said, "such as music, literature, religion, poetry, art and film, wherein contemporary social issues are addressed."

All future events will begin at 5 p.m. and take place on the SIUE campus, including:
• Islamic Cyborgs? A Study of Iran's Mystical Cinema, again featuring Mottahedeh, on Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center (MUC).
• Classical Persian Music Structures, presented by Hossein Omoumi, the Maseeh professor in Persian performing arts from the University of California Irvine, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the MUC;
• Film Screening: The Runner, a film by Amir Naderi, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
• The World is My Home: On the Poetics of Cosmopolitanism, featuring Hamid Dabashi, the Hagop Kevorkian professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University, on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center (MUC);
• Film Screening: Offside, a film by Jafar Panahi with an introduction by Farshad Aminian-Tankei, a Kurdish-Iranian American filmmaker and assistant professor in the department of communication and philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University, on Wednesday, March 18, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
• "What Would You Like to Become?" Answers from Iranian School Children, again featuring Aminian-Tankei, on Thursday, March 19 in Lovejoy Library's Abbott Auditorium;
• Film Screening: The Willow Tree, a film by Majid Majidi, with an introduction by Stone, on Tuesday, April 7, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
• From Cloistered to Cosmopolitan: Women's Representation in Iranian Cinema, presented by Hamid Naficy, the John Evans Chair of Communications in the Department of Radio/Film/ Television at Northwestern University, on Wednesday, April 8, in Abbott Auditorium;
• Cosmopolitan Iran, Remembrance and the Future: An Open Forum, presented by Professor Lucian Stone, on Wednesday, April 29, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of the MUC.

For more information, visit the series Web page: www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/philosophy/cosmopolitan_iran.shtml, or contact Stone by telephone, (618) 650-2246, or by e-mail: lustone@siue.edu.

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10/8/08

SIUE Associate Professor of Historical Studies Named Fulbright Scholar

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Stephen Tamari, associate professor of historical studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is recipient of a prestigious 2008-2009 Fulbright Scholarship, which he is using to research Bilad al-Shams and the politics of identity in early modern Syria.

"Bilad al-Shams" is the Arabic term for "greater" or "geographical" Syria, an area which spans part of Southern Turkey and includes the modern states of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The area borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west, the Euphrates River and Mesopotamia to the east, the Taurus Mountains foothills in Anatolia to the north and the Syrian extension of the Arabian Desert to the south.

Tamari currently is conducting research at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. He will be overseas through June.

Fulbright award recipients are chosen based on academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. More than 40,000 Fulbright recipients participate in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.

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

For more information, visit the Web site: fulbright.state.gov, or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs by telephone: (202) 453-8531 or by e-mail: fulbright@state.gov.

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10/8/08

St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard Speaks To Business Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business students had an opportunity yesterday to speak one-on-one with the new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard appeared at an invitation only event with SIUE School of Business students and faculty about how the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank can work with the School to enhance business education. Bullard is a former instructor for the School. The faculty took part in an informal discussion with Bullard about possible partnerships with the Federal Reserve in regard to graduate business education.

After a brief reception, Bullard spoke to students about the role the Federal Reserve System plays in the U.S. economy. Afterward, Bullard conducted a brief question and answer session with the students. "We are pleased and excited that Dr. Bullard returned to SIUE to share his insights and experience with our students," said School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino.

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 10 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Only 30 percent of business schools in the United States are accredited by the organization.

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10/7/08

SIUE Ranked Among Princeton Review's 296 Best Business Schools

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business has been ranked as a Best 296 Business School in the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review, a New York based education services company. Results are based on student surveys and institutional data from 2008.

The Review noted students surveyed indicated they were drawn to the SIUE School of Business because of its reputation and its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-International. Students also said they were attracted to "the convenience of night and weekend classes" and the school's affordability-the most affordable tuition in Metropolitan St. Louis. "We are pleased that the Princeton Review has confirmed that our School ranks among the country's best," said SIUE School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino. "It's very gratifying to see how our students rank us and how much they recognize the good work we're doing at SIUE."

SIUE MBA students also stated in the Princeton Review survey that "professors are very knowledgeable and well prepared for classes" in "providing an excellent learning environment."

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 10 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from the AACSB-I. Only 30 percent of business schools in the United States are accredited by the organization. The Princeton Review is known for its test-preparation courses, education services, and college and graduate school admission services. To learn more, visit the Web site: www.princetonreview.com.

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10/6/08

SIUE School Of Nursing Receives Another $1.6 Million For National Study

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing received another feather in its cap Friday, with a National Institutes of Health (NIH) announcement that SIUE will receive another $1.6 million to expand data collection for the National Children's Study.

The study is headed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD), a division of the NIH.

Last fall, the SIUE School of Nursing received $4 million of a $26.8 million NICHHD contract to establish a study center through Saint Louis University that is collaborating in a planned national effort to understand the environmental and genetic causes of many common health conditions and disorders. This year the Gateway Study Center at SLU received a second contract for an additional $26.3 million, of which SIUE's $1.6 million is a part.

The entire effort involves a consortium of federal agencies led by the NICHHD, including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, also a division of the NIH; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The study involves, upon birth, collecting air, water and environmental samples from where children spend the majority of their time. Screenings for birth defects, injury susceptibility, physical and mental disorders, asthma, diabetes, obesity and other conditions take place throughout the study.

In 2010, researchers will begin locally recruiting women who are pregnant or likely to become pregnant soon and who live within study areas. These women's diets are being monitored, as well as their exposure to chemicals and other substances, and environmental and emotional stress factors.
Louise Flick, co-principal investigator of the Gateway Study Center and professor of nursing at the SIUE School of Nursing, applied for the funding for SIUE and will use it to train nurses who will collect data at the time of birth for 1,000 children from the new study location in Jefferson County, Mo., and to support staff training for the contract awarded to SIU Carbondale for the location that includes Williamson, Union and Johnson counties.

"Recruiting mothers before conception, or in very early pregnancy, means we can measure environmental influences when the fetus is first forming," Flick said. "We have limited knowledge currently, but we know that early exposures can have lifelong effects on metabolism and risk of chronic disease in adulthood."

Partner institutions besides the SLU School of Public Health, include the SLU School of Medicine, the SIUE School of Nursing, the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, SIU Carbondale's Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, and Battelle Memorial Institute.

The National Children's Study eventually will be conducted in 105 locations across the country. During the last two years, Congress has appropriated $179.9 million to support the project. As the largest study ever conducted to learn about the health and development of children, the study will collect data on 100,000 children from across the nation from before birth to age 21.

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10/6/08

FOTAD Trivia Night Jan. 17 Means Fun, Food And Door Prizes

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Ninth Annual Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) Trivia Night is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the James F. Metcalf Theater on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. FOTAD is a support organization for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the game scheduled to begin promptly at 7. Proceeds from the event benefit FOTAD's student merit award fund for qualified SIUE students majoring in theater and dance at the University.

Winners of the competition will receive 1st ($160), 2nd ($80), or 3rd prize ($40) for scoring the most points per table. Reservations may be made for tables of eight. The evening will offer challenging trivia, during the regular question-and-answer sessions and during survivor trivia. Free popcorn and pretzels will be offered; also, candy bars and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $10 per person; a table of eight, $80. A $40 deposit must be received by Jan. 16 to guarantee a table will be held. Make checks payable to the SIUE Foundation and send it to Greg Conroy, 217 N. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, IL 62025-1740. To make reservations, call (618) 692-0874; participants must arrive by 6:50 p.m. or their reservation may be given away, unless the table deposit has been received.

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10/3/08

SIUE Alcohol Awareness Week Set For Oct. 13-16 On Campus

(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. 13-16 when some activities will be available, courtesy of SIUE Counseling Services, University Housing, and the University's Alcohol and Drug Task Force.

"National studies have shown that a student's GPA is negatively 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 demonstrated," 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.

Zac Hill, 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," he 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."

Alcohol Awareness Week activities include:

Monday, Oct. 13:
10 a.m.-3 p.m.-"Joust Don't Even Try It"-An inflatable jousting area will be offered in the Stratton Quadrangle where students may compete, some using "Fatal Vision" goggles to simulate inebriation against others who are "sober." Fitz's Root Beer will be available free of charge.

Tuesday, Oct. 14-15:
Noon-4 p.m. (14th) and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (15th)-Goshen Lounge-"AlcoholScreening.org"-A bank of computers will be available in Goshen Lounge for students to take a brief screening about his/her alcohol use and how it compares with other students. For completing the survey, students will receive complimentary Alcohol Awareness Week T-shirts. Goshen Lounge is located on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

Thursday, Oct. 16:
10 a.m.-3 p.m.-Stratton Quadrangle-National Care Tour DUI Simulator-Sponsored by SIUE's Kimmel Leadership Center, this multimedia simulator gives participants (a dozen at one time) an opportunity to experience first hand the dangers and ill effects that drinking and driving can cause. The simulator guides students "through several scenes that happen in one tragic night that results in catastrophic consequences."

All events are free. For more information about Alcohol Awareness Week, call Hill, (618) 650-2197.

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10/2/08

Meet Two More New Faculty

Two new faculty were inadvertently left out of the earlier posted list:

ARIEL "ARI" BELASEN
Assistant professor of economics and finance-He received a bachelor of science from Cornell University (2001), a master's in applied economics and a doctorate in economics, both from State University of New York at Binghamton (2004 and 2007, respectively). His research interests include labor economics.

HUAGUO ZHOU
Assistant professor of civil engineering with a specialty in transportation engineering-He earned a bachelor's at Beijing Jiaotong University (1993) in civil engineering and a doctorate in transportation engineering at the University of South Florida (2001). His research interests include traffic operations, highway and transit safety, computer simulation, access management and incident management.

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10/2/08

Graduate Programs Highlighted At SIUE Open House

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Applying to graduate school may seem daunting but Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will help take away some of the mystery during an open house in two sessions from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. The Second Annual Graduate Programs Open House at SIUE will give prospective students the facts about the 69 graduate programs offered at SIUE.

Conducted in Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center, the open house will provide information about graduate admission requirements such as deadlines and standardized tests, as well as graduate education financing options, graduate assistantships and competitive graduate awards. Graduate programs at SIUE are available in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing, according to Stephen Hansen, dean of the SIUE Graduate School. "SIUE offers a unique learning environment where students have the opportunity to be mentored by distinguished faculty who are engaged in their scholarship.

"Our students also gain practical knowledge, as well as practice in their chosen fields."

For the second consecutive year, SIUE has been ranked among the top 10 Public Universities Midwest-Master's category by U.S.News and World Report. In addition, the news magazine ranked SIUE in the top third of all public and private master's level universities in the Midwest. Rankings are based on several criteria, including a peer assessment by university administrators. "SIUE offers opportunities far beyond an undergraduate education," said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of Admissions and Academic Marketing and the open house coordinator. "In addition to some of our more popular graduate programs, like the MBA and public administration, we offer some very specialized programs, such as art therapy counseling and a master's in marketing research, one of just a few in the nation.

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

Free parking for the Oct. 16 event is available in Lot B, next to the Morris University Center.

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10/1/08

SIUE To Host Two Previews For College-Bound Students And Parents

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) The 2008-09 academic year includes the largest new freshman class and the highest overall enrollment since 1975 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Each year more and more students have been considering SIUE as a first-choice, first-tier school and the University welcomes potential students and their parents for a campus open house in October and November.

This fall's PREVIEW SIUE-an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their families to see the beauty of the campus, visit with faculty and staff and obtain answers to questions-is set for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13, and Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.

"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 include 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, 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 each event during the information fairs in the Goshen Lounge, also on the first floor of the Center, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

At each PREVIEW, the SIUEssentials session will provide a general overview of admissions, financial aid and housing. Other informational session topics include A 'Major' Decision and Transferring to SIUE. Also, a student panel discussion and a parent panel discussion will be offered. Finally, informational sessions will be presented by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dental Medicine.

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. 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.

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10/1/08

SIUE School of Nursing Scholarship Walk Raises More Than $4,700

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 2008 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing Scholarship Walk conducted earlier this month raised more than $4,700 for student scholarship opportunities. The money will be used to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to four students who are pursuing degrees through the School.

Event sponsors and level of sponsorship included:

  • Diamond Sponsors, donating $1,000-Anderson Hospital of Maryville and Christian Hospital of St. Louis.
  • Ruby Sponsors, donating $500-BJC Healthcare and St. Anthony's Medical Center of St. Louis, Kelly Tracy Advertising & Design of Marine, St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Belleville and St. John's Hospital of Springfield, Ill.
  • Supporters, donating $250-Illinois Oncology of Swansea, Memorial Hospital of Belleville, and St. Louis Veteran's Administration Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital of St. Louis.

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10/1/08

SIUE School of Nursing Celebrates Dedication To Profession

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing recently celebrated its annual Dedication to the Profession to honor students and held an awards banquet to honor faculty.

More than 900 students and their families attended the Dedication to the Profession, which was the first event, sponsored by Scrubs & Beyond. Alumna Nicole Pelczynski delivered the keynote address. Pelczynski, a nurse in the psychiatric/mood disorders unit of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., spoke to the audience-which included 240 juniors who soon will begin clinical experiences-of the unwavering commitment of nurses to their patients and to the profession: "None of your peers in other majors are being asked to care for people during some of their most vulnerable moments. None of your peers are being asked to be at hospitals at 7 a.m. on a Friday, nonetheless. This will take dedication from you, but the rewards and possibilities for your futures are vast."

The banquet featured SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson, who offered the welcome, and Laura Bernaix, professor of family health/community health nursing, who was the mistress of ceremonies. She presented awards to the following:

  • Christine Durbin, instructor of primary care/health systems nursing, for achieving her doctorate;
  • Associate Dean Mary Ann Boyd and Virginia Cruz, associate professor of primary care/health systems nursing, for preparation of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education report for the school's reaccreditation visit. Cruz also received the Faculty Mentor Award.
  • Assistant Dean Mary Mulcahy as Outstanding Administrator for her commitment to the development of the school's new curriculum;
  • Karen Kelly, associate professor of primary care/health systems nursing, who received a Gem Award for contributing to the University's compendium of essays in response to the lecture given by renowned, national education expert Robert Zemsky on the future of higher education for the University's 50th Anniversary;
  • Kay Gaehle, assistant professor of primary care/health systems nursing, and Cheryl Jackson, instructor of family health/community health nursing, who received Student Mentor awards;
  • Sheila Pietroburgo, instructor in the school, who received the Extra Mile Award;
  • Kathi Thimsen, also an instructor in the school, recipient of the Outstanding New Faculty award;
  • Becky Luebbert, instructor of primary care/health systems nursing, who received the Rising Star Award;
  • Gladys Mabunda, associate professor of family health/community health nursing, who received the Excellence in Scholarship Award;
  • Rick Yakimo, assistant professor of primary care/health systems nursing, and Ginger Behrhorst, clinical instructor of family health/community health nursing, who received the Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence awards, respectively.

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10/1/08

10th District Illinois Nurses Association Legislative Night

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An event held earlier this month on the N.O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville drew more than 400 registered nurses and nursing students as part of the 10th District Illinois Nurses Association (INA) Legislative Night. Organizers of the event worked closely with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and the Nursing Alumni of LCCC.

The group was addressed by lobbyist Sue Clark, a registered nurse with the INA and the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing, who talked about the 2007 Illinois Nurse Practice Act and other legislative concerns for nurses. State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville) also spoke about health care issues central to the Illinois General Assembly. The 2008 Legislative Night marked the 30th anniversary for the local legislative event for nurses. The INA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association.

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10/1/08

SIUE Professor, Grad Student Win International IEEE Competition In Innovation Category

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A computer science faculty member at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a graduate student recently won an innovation award in an international competition involving a growing field of study-visual analytics. Assistant Professor Dennis Bouvier, who teaches a course in visual analytics at SIUE, said the study involves incorporating computer visualization so that it's meaningful to the person who is using the data. "We're taking data that isn't graphical and presenting it in a practical way."

Bouvier and SIUE grad student Britain Oates developed a software application that solved what might be termed a Homeland Security problem. But, not to worry, the "terrorist bombing" was all on a computer screen. Participants in the IEEE's Symposium on Visual Analytics Systems and Technology competition began solving the information puzzle last spring and entries were due Aug. 1. Bouvier and Oates were notified recently they'd won in the Innovation Category and that they will be recognized at the IEEE conference in October in Columbus, Ohio. (The IEEE formally was known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers but now is known simply by its initials.)

Participants in the competition were given data, which consisted of sketchy narrative text and numeric evidence, and they were to answer certain questions as if they were investigating a bombing in a building. "Our scenario was that a bomb had gone off in a building with several people inside, all of whom were wearing radio frequency ID badges, so we knew where they were inside the building at any given time," Bouvier explained. "They then asked us certain questions about what had happened. They weren't as interested in the answers to the questions but in the software we developed to answer them."

Bouvier said entering the competition began last spring as a class project but then it continued as a summer project with Bouvier and Oates. Later, Oates is planning to extend the work into a thesis project. "We created a floor plan using their data, so we could see the scenario play out, including the moment the bomb went off," Bouvier said. "Our program allows the user to play the data like a movie," he explained. "If we press 'play,' the dots (people in the building) move around through the hallways and the rooms depicted on the floor plan. Just by watching the animation, you can see that most of the 'people' in the building have congregated at a particular time in a particular hallway in front of one of the rooms, so you can tell that something happened there.

"We knew there was a bombing, so one of the questions asked of us was where did the bombing take place and who might be a suspect," Bouvier pointed out. "From the data, we could extrapolate some possible correct answers. A different practical application of this might be to help a safety officer reviewing an evacuation to determine if the current evacuation plan needs to be revisited." Bouvier admitted most computer programmers could work out this scenario as he and Oates did, but the innovation comes from how they programmed it.

"We added a dimension," Bouvier said. "We added a feature called 'staining,' which means the user can mark portions of the floor plan with a color. "When the scenario is run, any 'person (dot),' who moves through the stain, turns the color of the stain. When it finishes, we have a list of names of each of the persons who moved through each of the stains. So, if you place a stain outside the room where you believe the 'bombing' occurred, you easily identify all the persons who were in the vicinity.

"Even if you didn't know what was going on, you could stain the entrances of each room with various colors and then you would see where everyone had been during the entire timeline. You could also click on any of the characters' names provided to us and it will tell you where each character had been."

Bouvier said the win was made even sweeter by the fact that there were several companies and schools competing who are considered leaders in the field of visual analytics. "We were the underdogs and came away with a win," Bouvier said. "The competition is from several companies that are outstanding in the field, plus three other U.S. universities that have been teaching this for some time. There also were universities from overseas in the competition, some 73 entrants in all."

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