Congressional Opponents To Debate At SIUE On Sept. 16
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Congressman David Phelps and Congressman John Shimkus will debate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.
SIUE Associate Political Science Professor Martha Bailey and SIUE Student Body Vice President Ben Landfried will share moderating duties during the event. The debate format will include an opening statement by each of the candidates, addressing questions from sponsoring organizations, addressing questions submitted by the audience, and closing statements.
The debate is sponsored by SIUE in conjunction with the area chapter of the League of Women Voters and area chapter of the American Association of University Women. For more information, call the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686. Visitors for the debate should park in Visitors Lot B, just behind the Morris University Center.
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SIUE Enrollment Continues To Grow
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's enrollment has grown to 12,708 students, an increase of 266 students, or about 2.1 percent higher than fall 2001. The figure represents the highest enrollment since 1975.
Most of the enrollment increase is attributable to student retention. The number of continuing students is up about 270 over last year. Not only is enrollment up, but also there was an increase in full-time equivalent (FTE). FTE is based on the number of hours taken by all students. The number is then divided by 12 semester hours, the level at which a student is considered full-time.
SIUE's FTE jumped from 9,768 in the fall 2001 to 10,124, a 3.6 percent increase. Since 1998, FTE is up more than 14 percent. Director of Admissions Boyd Bradshaw said growing FTE levels have prompted discussion regarding stabilizing enrollment growth and also raising admission standards.
"Over the last several years, there has been a great deal of discussion on campus regarding enrollment and admission standards, prompting a change in admissions standards," Bradshaw said. "The higher FTE is a positive reflection of that change and puts SIUE at an optimum level in the size of our classes, the available classrooms, faculty load, and our ability to provide personal service for our students."
Bradshaw attributed the increases to a continued awareness of SIUE as an affordable institution that provides a quality education. "This growth continues what we've seen consistently for the past several years in both the fall and spring enrollment figures," Bradshaw said.
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'Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues' To 'Crash Through the Walls of Musical Traditionalism' in Sept. 24 SIUE Concert
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) — "When we think of the blues, don't we think of some guy wailing on an old beat-up guitar in a smoky tavern with a bunch of people in jeans and t-shirts?" asks blues harmonica artist Corky Siegel. "When we think of classical music, don't we flash on an ornate concert hall with a grand piano and a performer in tux and tails? Just the visual image alone makes it seem like classical music and blues are worlds apart."
But, Siegel contends, this couldn't be farther from the truth, and the proof of his argument will be heard as Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues performs in concert at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dunham Hall Theater as the second offering of the 2002-2003 Arts & Issues series.
Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues brings to classical music the same creative genius and instrumental virtuosity that Siegel and his harmonica brought to traditional Chicago blues during the 60s and 70s heyday of the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band, fronted by Siegel and guitarist Jim Schwall.
Even then, Siegel had begun juxtaposing the two musical genres – blues and classical – not, as he explains, "by performing Brahms on the blues harmonica or begging a symphony to play 'Hoochie Coochie Man.'" Instead, Siegel, in effect, concocted a pure hybrid, crossing the blues and the classical to form a new musical strain.
"Since 1988, people [after a concert of chamber blues] have been asking me the same question: How is it that such diverse forms of music seem to blend so naturally?" Siegel said. "I have gone through a gamut of answers, but after 10 years of riding on the hood ornament of a vehicle crashing 100 miles an hour through the walls of musical traditionalism, I have been able to come to some verbal resolutions about this."
One of which, Siegel points out, is that the music itself is innocent of the visual diversity he has mentioned.
"The music is made up of chords, melodies, harmonies, counterpoint, dynamics, articulations and rhythm. It doesn't know about smoke-filled rooms, blue jeans, or tuxedoes. The music is blind. All it cares about is having a wonderful time."
Corky Siegel and his band use classical music themes melodically and inject them with a blues feel. They mix a classical chamber string quartet with a blues harmonica and succeed in combining the two into a unique and exciting sound that very few musicians have been able to accomplish.
Critics and audiences seem to agree. The Chicago Tribune has proclaimed Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues "a resounding triumph," while the Los Angeles Times calls it "a genuine hybrid, complex, clever and ambitious." No less than Studs Terkel has said of Siegel's sound that it is "a joyous marriage of chamber music and the blues." One audience member after another has said that an experience of chamber blues has changed the way they think about music.
Siegel – on harmonica and piano – is joined in the Sept. 24 concert by the acclaimed West End String Quartet – Jeff Yang and Mark Agnor on violin, Richard Halajian on viola, Jill Kaeding on cello, and Frank Donaldson on percussion.
Following Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues on the 2002-2003 Arts & Issues series is Ugandan musician and storyteller Samite who performs in concert on Nov. 21. The season continues with the National Theatre of the Deaf presenting its contemporary take on two classic Beaumarchais farces in a new play entitled "Oh, Figaro!" on Jan. 28. Public health advocate and former surgeon general under the Clinton Administration, David Satcher, speaks on "Politics, Opinions and Public Health," on Feb. 11. Gloria Steinem – feminist, writer, and co-founder of Ms. magazine – addresses "What You've Always Wanted to Know About Feminism and Been Afraid to Ask" on March 19. The world-renowned Takacs Quartet performs at SIUE on March 27, for an evening of Haydn and Beethoven, and Helen Thomas – a fixture of the White House pressroom for more than 40 years – concludes the season on April 8, offering her "Wit and Wisdom From the Front Row at the White House." A free brochure is available for the 18th annual Arts & Issues season.
Tickets for Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues are $16; SIUE students, $8. Season tickets for the remaining seven events – including "Chamber Blues" – are $80; SIUE students, $40.
For a brochure or ticket information, call 618/650-2626, or, from St. Louis toll-free, 888/328-5168, ext. 2626; visit the series' Web site at www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES; write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Campus Box 1608, Edwardsville, IL 62026; or e-mail email@example.com. Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Katherine Dunham Hall.
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SBC Grant Will Help Support SIUE's High-Tech Training Program
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) The SIUE School of Business High-Tech Worker Boot Camp has a new partner. The SBC Foundation has awarded the program a grant of $25,000 through its SBC Excelerator competitive grants program.
The money will fund a "High-Tech Interactive Computer Classroom" in the new building that will house the Boot Camp. The classroom will include seating for up to 25 students, multimedia presentation technology, an audio/video and satellite system, and individual computers at each workstation.
"This will be a high-tech classroom, with the most up-to-date equipment to support our highly successful and innovative training program," said Mary Sumner, director of the High-Tech Boot Camp program. The High-Tech Worker Boot Camp takes students from all backgrounds and prepares them for information technology careers, Sumner added.
"The current IT worker shortage has created a demand for more than one million new systems analysts, computer programmers and computer scientists in the U.S. Our traditional four-year programs are full and cannot keep up with the demand."
The "smart" classroom will also be used to provide technology training to employees and students from local school districts, state government employees, the general public and area businesses.
Last year, the State of Illinois awarded SIUE a $1.1 million grant from the state's VentureTech program to build a technology training center in SIUE's University Park. The training center will house the new smart classroom and other classroom and office space.
Walter Hickey, director of external affairs for SBC Ameritech Illinois, made the check presentation to SIUE Chancellor David Werner on September 16.
"The new building and the innovative approach to worker training are a response to a need in the region and the state," Werner said. "The training program fits with SIUE's mission to provide a well-trained workforce. We are grateful to have the state and SBC -- public and private partners -- join us in this important effort to respond to the high-tech worker shortage."
"As a high-tech company, we take a vital interest in programs designed to fill a very high demand for IT employees," said Hickey. "We are particularly pleased to be part of such an innovative program as SIUE's."
Congressman John Shimkus, who has taken a special interest in information technology issues, joined Werner and Hickey at the check presentation.
"SIUE has been true to its mission to meet the education and training needs of southwestern Illinois," Shimkus, an SIUE graduate, said. "This is an excellent example of a public-private partnership, and an innovative training program."
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SIUE Art Department Continues "Saturday Studio" For Fall
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The "Saturday Studio" morning art classes for primary, intermediate, and junior-senior high students—conducted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design—continue Oct.5-Nov. 23 in Alumni Hall and in the SIUE Art and Design Building.
According to Joe Weber, professor of Art and Design and supervisor of the Saturday morning program, the studio experience is intended to stimulate the creative and aesthetic growth of students through the visual arts. "Hands-on experience and classroom discussions will explore many ways children can communicate ideas through art," Weber said.
"Students will learn about the development of themes and methods of creating art, as well as study the works of art of the past and present."
The Saturday morning art education program consists of three classes—Primary Children's Art (ages 6-8) and Intermediate Art (9-12), both from 9-11:30 a.m., and Drawing/Painting for Junior and Senior High students (13-18) from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The first group meets in Room 3200 of Alumni Hall, the second group in Room 3201 of Alumni Hall, and the third group in Room 2102 of the Art and Design Building.
More information about registration, 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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SIUE To Offer International Street Fair In Edwardsville City Park
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Fire jugglers and belly dancers are just two of the exciting attractions for the entire family planned from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Edwardsville's City Park, as part of the International Street Fair sponsored by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Campus Activities Board.
Other performances include: Irish, African, Mexican, Native American, and Flamenco dance and music; Turkish music; and martial arts demonstrations, as well as other multicultural entertainment, and display and vendor booths. The day also will feature fun-filled activities for people of all ages.
The event, planned as an annual international fair, is designed to stimulate social awareness of the cultural richness in the local communities and at the university. For more information, please contact Heino Ehrhardt, (618) 650-2781, or by e-mail: HeinoEhrhardt@hotmail.com.
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Nominations, Entries Sought for MLK Jr. Awards at SIUE
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) — Nominations are being sought for the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian and Scholarship awards to be given at the Feb. 11, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Entries also are being sought for an essay, poetry, and visual arts competition for high school students.
Nomination applications are available at the Kimmel Leadership Center in its temporary office on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 8. Guidelines and entry forms have been sent to all area high schools for the essay, poetry, and visual arts competition. Winners of the high school competition will receive a $100 honorarium and a plaque of recognition.
The awards are given each year to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
An SIUE employee as well as a resident of Illinois is each eligible for a Humanitarian Award, while a current SIUE student is eligible for the Scholarship and Humanitarian Award.
Complete criteria of eligibility for the high school competition, the Humanitarian Award, and the Scholarship and Humanitarian Award are contained in nomination packets at the Kimmel Center. For more information, call the center at 618/650-2686.
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SIUE Names New School of Business Dean
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) — Gary A. Giamartino, professor of management and dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit (Mich.) Mercy, has been named dean of the SIUE School of Business. He will assume his new post Oct. 1, according to SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs.
At Detroit Mercy since 1997, Giamartino also had been a professor of business administration and dean of the School of Business at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for four years prior to his Detroit post. He also was director of the Institute for International Trade, Diplomacy and Development and a member of the management faculty at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia from 1986-1993.
Giamartino also has been a member of the faculty at The Citadel and the College of Charleston, both in Charleston, SC.
He earned a doctorate in 1979 from Vanderbilt University, where he majored in social psychology, with related studies in organizational behavior and theory in the Owen Graduate School of Management. He also holds a master's in psychology from Western Kentucky University, and a bachelor's in psychology from State University College at Fredonia, NY.
In addition, Giamartino also graduated from the management development program at Harvard University in 1994.
He is a member of the Academy of Management, the International Council for Small Business, the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He also has authored and co-authored numerous articles for various journals.
Hahs said she was pleased with the search committee's selection and was appreciative of the committee's effort. "We look forward to welcoming Dr. Giamartino to campus," she said. "I also want to commend the search committee members and chair for their care, thought, and hard work during the process.
"They represented the School of Business and the university well. My thanks to all who participated and provided their insights."
As dean, Dr. Giamartino will continue the SIUE School of Business' dedication to excellence and further its mission of educating and preparing students for business-related professional careers. The School provides students with rigorous and challenging classes while providing numerous opportunities for students to expand their classroom experiences through foreign study, business internships, and work-study programs. The success of the SIUE School of Business is a result of the collaborative efforts of a talented faculty, dedicated staff, high-quality students, support from the business community, and the efforts of alumni and friends.
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SIUE International Trade Center To Co-Sponsor Export Seminar Oct. 31
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's International Trade Center (ITC) and United Parcel Service will present a seminar, How to Make Exporting Easier and Profitable: Export Documentation and Payment Methods, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the International Room of SIUE's Morris Center.
Conducting the seminar will be Ric Frantz, managing director and co-founder of LR International Inc., an international freight forwarding and consulting firm in Chicago. Frantz, who has been conducting export seminars for more than 15 years, has spent several years as a banker and as an export manager for a major multinational corporation.
The seminar can assist exporters in gaining a basic understanding required to make better exporting decisions by exploring various methods to optimize competitiveness.
The fee for the seminar is $50 in advance ($60 at the door), which includes a "networking" lunch, parking, and a package of materials for future reference. For more information, call the ITC, (618) 650-2452, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2452. Space is limited.
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Alice Peacock To Open For Five For Fighting Concert At SIUE On Oct. 12
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Chicago singer-songwriter Alice Peacock will be the opening act for the Oct. 12 Five For Fighting concert at 8 p.m. in the Vadalabene Center of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Peacock's latest album, Real Day, hit stores recently on the Aware/Columbia label. Her style is an eclectic mix of folk, rock and everything in between.
Best known for the hit singles Superman and Easy Tonight, Five For Fighting has been in a state of change since its album, America Town, gained success last year, says leader John Ondrasik However, music industry observers say, even though the band has changed, Ondrasik still retains his passion and abilities as a songwriter, singer, pianist, and guitarist.
Tickets for the Oct. 12 concert are $15 for SIUE students at the Morris University Center Information Desk. The general public may purchase tickets for $20 at the same location, or by contacting Metrotix, (800) 293-5949, or, on the Web: at www.metrotix.com.
The student discount only applies at the Morris Center Information Desk. For more information, call Lisa Ramsey or Danielle Stern, (618) 650-2686.Back to top