• SIUE’s Master Of Marketing Program To Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary
• CASRO President To Receive Award From National Task Force At SIUE
• Twelfth Night Offers Love, Laughs, And ‘What You Will’ At SIUE
• SIUE To Host Two Previews For College-Bound Students And Parents
• SIUe Day Community Fundraising Initiative Kicks Off With Breakfast
• J. McReynolds Dies; Was Retired Associate VC For Student Affairs
• A. Kahn Dies; Was Emeritus Geography Professor
• SIUE’s Extreme Entrepreneur Tour On Its Way
• SIU System to Inaugurate Seventh President
• September Employee Of The Month
• Nursing Scholarship Walk on Saturday, Sept. 16
• SIUE Continues To Manage Steady Growth
• Illinois College VP Named Assistant VC At SIUE
• FOTAD’s A Season For The Child Subscription Tickets On Sale Now
• Calling All Businesses; Celebrate SIUE Day
• Click here for photo of Staff Senate Scholarship Winner
• SIUE To Present 18th Annual Jazz Supper Dance Oct. 1
• SIUE Art Department Continues ‘Saturday Studio’ For Fall
• SIUE Announces Quality Checkup Site Visit
•Thought-Provoking Deepak Chopra To Kick Off A&I Season At SIUE
• Honorary Inaugural Committee Extends Invitation To Inauguration Ceremony
• School of Business “Fall Bike Ramble” To Run During Homecoming Weekend
• Winston Challenge Exceeded; School of Nursing Raises More than $21K
• Unveiling Of The Gardens at SIUE
• “11 Days Of Peace” Campaign Set For Sept. 11-21 At SIUE
• WoRKS Group Offers Dialogue About Science, Religion At SIUE
• Bobby O'Neal Dies; Was Chief Clerk
• Bill Bond Dies: Was Admissions And Records Officer
• SIUE Athletics Announces 2006 Hall of Fame Class
• Changes (Personnel changes and Retirements)
• Meet The New Faculty
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Master of Marketing Research (MMR) program in the School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Monday, Oct. 16.
The anniversary celebration includes a full day of activities. Marketing research industry panel sessions—led by several senior level research executives and MMR alumni—will feature three key topics: Agency-Clients Interface: Pitfalls and Perspectives; Assessing ROI of Marketing Research: New Perspectives; and Fast Track of Corporate Careers in MR. These sessions will be followed by an MMR alumni reception and a formal gala awards dinner that evening.
When SIUE’s MMR Program was first established in 1986, it was the second such innovative and specialized program in the nation. Today it is recognized as one of only four such focused programs in the country, highly respected in both academic and professional communities.
“The Oct. 16 event will celebrate 20 years of excellence in market research education through our MMR graduate program which began in 1986,” said Madhav Segal, professor of management and marketing for the School of Business, and director and founder of SIUE’s MMR program.
“The event also will give alumni, students, marketing faculty, research industry professionals and friends of the program an opportunity to appreciate 20 years of the MMR program’s role as an industry leader,” Segal said. “We will highlight the program’s achievements, honor individuals who have contributed to its success and will explore future directions.”
Segal said the MMR program was founded on a philosophy of combining both the practical knowledge and intensive academic training in marketing research to prepare students for a profession for which no such training was readily available 20 years ago. “This graduate degree program is designed to meet business’ need for well-prepared research professionals,” he said, “resulting in excellent employment and career opportunities for its graduates in marketing research with leading research agencies and corporations.
“Not surprisingly, the program continues to enjoy a near 100 percent placement rate since its founding. The respect of this prestigious program comes from its ability to remain relevant, rigorous, competitive, and responsive to the needs of the marketing research industry.”
The program at SIUE also has an active, 27-member MMR Advisory Board made up of marketing research leadership from across the nation and Canada. Board members represent a cross-section of leading marketing research agencies and several prominent client companies. The board meets annually on campus and provides consultation and advice on professional development, curriculum, internships, recruitment, promotion and other aspects of program administration.
The keynote address for the evening event will be delivered by Diane Bowers, president of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO), the research industry association representing research operations in the United States and abroad. (see accompanying release).
Bowers has been CASRO’s chief xxecutive for more than 25 years, while also acting as survey research advocate in government. She has influenced federal and state government decisions through her testimonies, written columns on legislative and regulatory affairs, spoken at industry association events, and served as a federal lobbyist.
She also is a member of the International Marketing Research Association Professional Standards Committee as well as founding president of the Council for Marketing and Opinion Research. She is past president of the Market Research Council and the Research Industry Coalition and also has been an active member of the SIUE MMR Advisory Board since 2004.
For more information about the MMR program, visit the Web site: www.siue.edu\BUSINESS\MMR or contact Segal, (618) 650-2601, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details on the MMR Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, contact Gale Hoedebeck, (618) 650-3363, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Diane Bowers, president of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO), is the first ever recipient of the Marketing Research National Impact and Prestige Award given by the Master of Marketing Research (MMR) program in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business.
Bowers was nominated through the nationally known MMR Advisory Board. She will receive the award Oct. 16 at a dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the MMR program at SIUE. (see accompanying release).
According to Madhav Segal, professor of management and marketing at SIUE and founder and director of the MMR program at the University, the award will be given annually to an “individual in the marketing research profession who has made a significant contribution and sustained impact on the research industry” and who continues to consistently influence the field of marketing research.
“This esteemed award is to be presented every five years, starting with the 20th Anniversary of the MMR program,” Segal said.
Bowers, who has been the chief staff executive for CASRO for more than 25 years, also has acted as a survey research advocate in government. CASRO is the industry association representing research operations in the United States and abroad.
In addition, Bowers has influenced federal and state government decisions through her testimonies, written columns on legislative and regulatory affairs, spoken at industry association events, and served as a federal lobbyist. She is founding president of the Council for Marketing and Opinion Research, and past president of the Market Research Council (MRC) as well as the Research Industry Coalition
Bowers said she was “very much surprised” to hear she had won the award and the fact that she’s the first recipient “makes it very special” to her. “A decade ago, the marketing industry saw value in bringing the research and academic side—the non-profit side—closer together with the profit side of the marketing research industry to better help our clients,” Bowers said.
“Because technology changed so rapidly, there was a noticeable effect on the industry, and it was recognized that the non-profit side—the research side—would be necessary to help the industry keep up with such rapid change.
“It obviously has helped,” Bowers pointed out. “Money magazine recently chose marketing research as one of its top-10 career choices.”
For more information about the MMR program, visit the Web site: www.siue.edu\BUSINESS\MMR or contact Segal, (618) 650-2601, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details on the MMR Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, contact Gale Hoedebeck, (618) 650-3363, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
Look no further than Twelfth Night, Or What You Will because it serves up those kinds of shenanigans throughout the evening—dealing pure comedy with some love scenes and other mischievousness thrown in. The show runs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dunham Hall theater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 11-14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.
Director Peter Cocuzza, associate professor of Theater and Dance, promises to find the humor in Twelfth Night. “We haven’t done Shakespeare on the SIUE Mainstage since Hamlet,” Cocuzza pointed out. “The students are very excited about this production, and, I’m working with them to capture the cadence of the language and the comedy inherent in the story.”
The plot goes something like this: Viola finds herself shipwrecked on the shores of the mythical land, Illyria. She was sailing with her twin, Sebastian, who she now believes is dead at sea.
Masquerading as Caesario, Viola enters the service of Duke Orsino. Meanwhile, Orsino is in love with the bereaved Lady Olivia, and unsuccessfully uses Viola as an intermediary.
Please try to keep up.
Viola poses as a male. Olivia, believing Viola to be a man, falls in love with her. Viola, in turn, falls in love with the Duke, who believes that Viola is male. When Sebastian arrives on the scene (you see, he’s not dead), confusion ensues. Mistaking Sebastian for Viola, Olivia asks him to marry her. Got it?
“There’s no big message in this play,” Cocuzza points out. “It’s meant to be played for the wit and the broad comedy. “It’s also important to note that we’re not updating the play,” Cocuzza said. “It will have an ‘Italianate’ feel to it but the time frame will not be identifiable,” he said. “The costumes will have a ‘far-away, long-time-ago’ look about them and we’ll also be experimenting with music in the production,” he said. “There may be some singing in Italian.”
Cocuzza is obviously excited himself about directing this production. “The cast of 17 actors is a delight to work with and the audience will feel that camaraderie. This is a great teaching piece for myself and a great experience for the students.”
For tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
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What You Will: Members of the cast in Photo No. 1 are from left: Natalie DiCristofano, of Troy, as Olivia; B.J. Hotson, of East Alton, as Sebastian; Bethany “Duke” Dukett, of Winchester, as Viola; and Philip Leveling, of Glen Carbon, as Orsino. In Photo No. 2, the members of the cast are shown in mirrored reflections, symbolizing that things are not as they seem in Shakespeare’s comedies. (SIUE Photos by Bill Brinson)
Each year more and more students have been considering Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and that means a growing number of them have been attending PREVIEW SIUE each fall. Last year, the University added an additional day because the number of PREVIEW participants has doubled in the past six years. The additional day was very successful.
PREVIEW SIUE is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to see the beauty of the campus, visit with faculty and staff and obtain answers to their questions in one visit to campus. This year, SIUE will conduct its annual open house events on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9, and Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 10.
“Last year, we added the second day and made the event much more manageable than trying to accommodate everyone on one day,” said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of SIUE Admissions and Academic Marketing. “We believe we can do a much better job in personalizing PREVIEW by offering the event on two separate days,” she said.
“We like to get to know the students and their parents, while at the same time offering them the information they’ll need to make sound decisions about a college choice. Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that includes participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting,” Bollinger said.
“At PREVIEW SIUE, our faculty and staff take an active role in talking with prospective students and introducing them to the academic opportunities available at SIUE.”
At both events, SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson will present opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Delyte W. Morris University Center. Students may speak one-on-one to department representatives at each event during the information fairs in the Morris Center Goshen Lounge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At both PREVIEW opportunities, the opening session, SIUEssentials, will cover information on admission requirements, financing an education, and University Housing options. Students then
will have opportunities to tour the central campus, meet with faculty and staff at the information fair, or attend an informational session of their choice. All academic units will play host to the informational sessions for students interested in their respective program.
Also, prospective students may attend a panel session made up of current SIUE students. Similarly, prospective parents also may attend a panel of parents of current SIUE students.
Informational session topics include Tailor-Made Careers, A ‘Major’ Decision, Transferring to SIUE, as well as academic sessions presented by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dental Medicine.
Check-in and on-site registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Morris University Center. It is recommended that interested students pre-register online at the Web site: www.siue.edu/prospectivestudents/visit, or by telephone: (800) 447-SIUE.
Tours of the campus and residence halls will be offered until 2 p.m., while campus offices will remain open until 4:30 p.m. PREVIEW parking will be available at Korte Stadium, on Stadium Road, just west of the main campus at the bottom of the bluff. Shuttles will bring guests to SIUE’s Morris Center. There is no charge for either event.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville recently kicked off its first SIUe Day community giving initiative at a breakfast on campus with several members of the Ed-Glen Chamber of Commerce in attendance.
SIUe Day for University employees began earlier this month on campus. So far, some 500 SIUE faculty and staff have participated with donations. Today’s breakfast kicked off the community portion of the fund-raising effort.
Julie Babington, SIUE’s director of annual giving, said the community part of SIUe Day is just beginning. “We still have donations coming in and we expect them to continue over the next few weeks,” she said. “This is a way to show support for your favorite SIUE programs and services on an annual basis.”
The complete tally from the effort will be announced by SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift at his annual report to the University on Oct. 12. Participants at the breakfast heard remarks from Vandegrift and G. Patrick Williams, SIUE’s vice chancellor for University Relations.
SIUe Day participants are recognized as University “partners,” according to Harold Melser, executive director of University Development for the SIUE Foundation. “By their participation in SIUe Day, faculty and staff are showing their commitment to the University and the excellence of our programs and services,” Melser said.
“Secondly, we’ve seen that community leaders want to be involved with the University. SIUe Day allows them to be involved in our success, and have a say in which programs they want to support.”
“We’re pleased with the results so far and expect that each year, participation will grow,” said Babington, who was appointed SIUE’s director of annual giving earlier this year after five years with the SIUE School of Education as director of development.
“The overall focus is to celebrate SIUE, while gaining faculty, staff and local business support annually,” said Julie Babington. She added that for each entity, “the number one goal for SIUe Day is participation.”
Honorary Chair Steve Smith, a vice president with Associated Bank in Glen Carbon, said at the breakfast that he is enthused by the commitment shown by the University to the region and understands the economic impact that the University has on the region.
“With this effort, we’re trying to build on the good relationship already established between the University and the Chamber of Commerce,” Smith said. “We want to make SIUe Day an annual event involving University employees and the region’s business community.”
For more information about SIUe Day, call Babington, (618) 650-2378, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet Kay McReynolds, the retired associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs who may be most remembered for her tireless efforts in coordinating SIUE commencement exercises for more than 20 years, died Monday, Sept. 25, at Belleville Memorial Hospital after a bout with cancer. She was 67.
McReynolds retired in June 2003 but returned as an assistant to the provost’s office, leaving the University in December 2004.
A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, McReynolds earned a bachelor’s in Sociology in 1960 at Iowa Wesleyan College and a master of science in English education at Central Missouri State University in 1968. She also earned a specialist’s degree in supervision and reading at CMSU in 1967. In 1971, McReynolds completed a doctorate in English education at SIU Carbondale.
McReynolds went on to receive a master’s in management in 1977 from what was then known as Webster College.
She began her career as an instructor in Iowa high schools, moving to higher education in 1965 as an assistant professor of freshman English and American literature at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
As a graduate assistant at CMSU, McReynolds taught freshman composition and reading until 1968 when she became a graduate student at SIUC, where she taught undergraduate courses in reading and secondary education until 1971.
She also served as an instructor at Rend Lake College in Ina and an associate professor of teacher education at McKendree College in Lebanon, where she also was chair of the Division of Teacher Education.
In 1977 she joined the faculty at SIUE as an assistant professor in the University’s Experiment in Higher Education program (EHE) at the East St. Louis Center. The EHE was considered an innovative academic program operated by SIUE between 1966 and 1979. Begun under the direction of Hyman F. Frankel, the EHE concept was targeted at high school graduates from low-income families and featured “teacher-counselers,” a curriculum tailored to underprepared students, and a system of work-study jobs to provide practical work experience.
Five years later, McReynolds was named coordinator of curriculum and research in SIUE’s Academic Resource Center. She became assistant to the provost and vice president (now vice chancellor) for academic affairs in 1982, with several duties including coordinator of the University’s commencement ceremonies, SIUE Honors Day (later Honors Convocation), and PREVIEW SIUE.
She became associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs in 1996.
McReynolds also may be remembered, among her many accomplishments at SIUE, as coordinator and co-founder of what came to be known as Weekend University. McReynolds also reviewed English textbooks for publishers McGraw-Hill and Prentice-Hall.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, also at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Interment will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, in McCormick Cemetery, Highland Center, Iowa.
Memorials may be made to Family Hospice.
Alfred Kahn, an emeritus professor of Geography, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, of complications from leukemia at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. He was 82.
Joining the University in 1967 as a faculty member in what was then known as the Department of Earth Sciences, Geography and Planning, Kahn also was named associate director of the old Center for Urban and Environmental Research and Services (CUERS) and later director of that unit When CUERS was combined in 1987 with the Office of Area Development, headed by Robert Koepke, to become the Office of Regional Research and Development Services (RRDS), Kahn and Koepke were named associate directors of the new unit with Lew Bender as director. Kahn retired from the University in 1989.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kahn served in the European Theater during World War II in the U.S. Army infantry, earning the Purple Heart. He earned a bachelor's in economics in 1947 at New York University and a master of science in Public Administration and Planning in 1954 at the University of Denver. He also studied at the University of Texas in Austin and at Rutgers.
Kahn had been a planner with the New Jersey Department of Conservation, and the Kansas City, Mo., city plan commission before moving came to St. Louis in 1956 an assistant director of the St. Louis County Planning Commission and a research associate with the St. Louis Metropolitan Survey. From 1963-66 he also was an instructor at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught urban planning and land utilization.
For five decades, Kahn was an environmental activist. He was the first president of the Jewish Environmental Initiative and a founder of the interfaith group, Voices for Survival.
Kahn may have been best known during the early 1970s as program director of an air pollution study, funded with a $94,000 National Science Foundation grant to SIUE. The study—involving Washington University and Saint Louis University schools of medicine—showed cigarette smoking was more of a concern in controlling carbon monoxide problems in the region. Kahn's findings showed that ambient carbon monoxide, largely from vehicle exhaust, “did not appear” to have more than a “minor effect on the levels of humans” in the St. Louis Area.
The study also found that 92.2 percent of the participants, whose blood had two percent saturation, were smokers, industrial workers or both. Of those participants with three percent or more carboxyhemoglobin (a cause of heart disease), 97 percent were smokers, industrial workers or both. Kahn maintained that “further reduction of ambient (carbon monoxide) levels would not have any appreciable effect on the carbon monoxide burden in our St. Louis regional population.”
As part of the findings, Kahn decried the catalytic converter on cars as a way to reduce carbon monoxide levels (the EPA had recently called for the device to be put on all vehicles), but called instead for a ban on smoking in public places, more use of public transportation and car pooling.
Internment took place Friday, Sept. 15, at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, 7500 Olive Blvd., St. Louis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, 6267 Delmar Blvd., Suite 2E, St. Louis, MO 63130, or the Jewish Environmental Initiative, (314) 442-3894.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Some of America’s finest young visionaries will stop at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 3-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in SIUE’s Morris Center, as part of the national Extreme Entrepreneur Tour, bringing with them inspirational success stories and insights into the entrepreneurial mind.
These young business moguls—some millionaires before the age of 25—are slated to visit college campuses across the nation to offer words of wisdom and incite grassroots support for innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit.
“This will be a great program to spur the idea of entrepreneurship among students at SIUE,” said Kristine Polo, director of the Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center, which is part of the SIUE School of Business. “Students—from freshmen to seniors—if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, come and check this out.”
Polo said that Millennials—individuals born between 1980 and 1994—are living in a world that is becoming more global each day and in a country that is sending jobs to overseas markets. But unlike previous generations, Polo said she is amazed by statistics that show this generation moves ahead, undaunted; many exploring unique and untraditional career paths.
She encouraged students to investigate whether business ventures like the ones that will be discussed during the tour might be a good fit in their lives. “Whether or not one becomes an entrepreneur, any student can leverage the entrepreneurial mindset in this increasingly global and automated world,” she said. “I think this could generate buzz across the campus.
“This generation will not be fazed. They expect careers that are high-paying, impact-making and fulfilling. And in the case they can’t find a job that fits these idealistic requirements, they are prepared to make one.”
The event is one of several held by SIUE’s Entrepreneurship Center each year to spark creativity and entrepreneurship among all people in the area.
For more information about the tour and other events, call Polo, (618) 650-2166. For more information, visit the Web site: www.extremetour.org.
SIU System to Inaugurate Seventh President
The Inauguration of Southern Illinois University’s seventh president, Glenn W. Poshard, will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the SIU Arena on the Carbondale campus
Activities slated to take place on each of SIU’s campuses—in the two weeks prior to the main event—will commemorate the special occasion.
First on the agenda, President Poshard will be honored during A Showcase of Success: Past, Present, Future from 10:30-11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the East St. Louis Center. That night, he will attend the annual SIUE Foundation Heritage Dinner, Celebrate Our Heritage of Giving, from 6-8.
The SIU School of Medicine in Springfield will offer an open house in President Poshard’s honor at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, and a community reception from 4-6 p.m. the same day.
Celebrate SIU: A Town Hall Gathering, a question-and-answer session for students, faculty and staff to address the new president, will take place from 10-11 a.m. and again from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris Center.
The following day from 12:30-3:30 p.m., the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton will conduct the Advanced Care Wing Dedication ceremony.
The president’s formal Inauguration, Honoring Our Past…Forging Our Future, will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at SIUC, in the SIU Arena. The Inauguration will be open to the public.
Poshard, who has been a public servant in Southern Illinois for more than 40 years, earned a bachelor’s in secondary education in 1970; a master’s in health education in 1974, and a doctorate in higher education administration in 1984, all at SIU Carbondale. While earning a master’s, Poshard was a high school educator and coach.
In 1984, he was appointed to the Illinois State Senate and was officially elected to the post later that year, winning re-election in 1986. He was elected a U.S. Congressman to the 22nd District in 1989.
In 1998, Poshard clinched the Democratic nomination for governor of the state of Illinois, but lost the general election. During the election, he was known for refusing to take donations from political action committees.
Poshard and his wife, Jo, founded the Poshard Foundation, which raises money for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The couple’s efforts led to the building of a $600,000 women’s shelter in Cairo in December 2003. A new shelter is being built in West Frankfort.
He served as chairman of the SIU Board of Trustees prior to being selected from candidates in a national search to fill the shoes of the late SIU President James Walker.
For more information about the events, visit the Web site: www.siu.edu/pres/inauguration/index.html.
Congratulations: Cheryl Heepke, a secretary in the Office of Academic Counseling and Advising, is recipient of the September Employee Recognition Award. Heepke (center) received the award plaque from Richard Walker (second from left), assistant vice chancellor for Administration and a member of the selection committee, who was joined by other members of the selection committee—Rudy Wilson (far left), assistant provost for Cultural and Social Diversity, Greg Conroy, director of Public Affairs for the Uniiversity, and (at far right) Lora Flamm, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs. At Heepke's immediate left is Willliam Hendey, director of the office. Heepke was nominated for the award by her supervisors—Valerie McClinton, an advisor in the department; and Cheryle Tucker-Loewe, assistant director of the unit. In addition to the plaque she received, Heepke was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to her office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
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Start at 9 a.m. at Alumni Hall and finish with a BBQ lunch
Who: School of Nursing alumni, faculty, current students, and anyone involved in the health care industry
What: A walk, a BBQ picnic lunch, attendance prizes, tours of campus and the Simulated Learning Center for Health Sciences, and hospital and health care agency booths
When: Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006
Where: Alumni Hall, on the SIUE campus
Why: To celebrate Nursing Alumni Weekend and the caring and dedication of nurses to health care; to raise money for student scholarships through the annual walk.
Registration is $25 for alumni and friends of nursing, and $15 for current SIUE students. This fee includes an event t-shirt. All proceeds will go to the Nursing Alumni Heritage Award, a scholarship awarded annually to one BSN student, one RN-to-BS student, one advanced BSN student, and one graduate student.
Please call Noël Schiber, director of development for the School of Nursing, at (618) 650-3906 for more information.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Fall Semester enrollment numbers for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville show a slight increase in on-campus students compared with fall 2005. In addition, full-time student enrollment is up from 10,152 last fall to 10,396 this year. This means more students are seeking degrees at SIUE than ever before.
Meanwhile, new freshman number 1,764 this year compared with 1,706 last fall. In addition, SIUE’s new freshmen have an average ACT score of 22.8, up from 22.5 last year and more than two points higher than the Illinois average of 20.5, while nearly two points higher than the national average 21.1.
“Overall, fall enrollment numbers show continued interest in SIUE, while at the same time indicate more students are remaining to finish their education at SIUE,” said Todd Burrell, the University’s director of Admissions. Overall enrollment is 13,449, virtually the same as last year.
Jean Paterson, acting assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, said each year the University must consider enrollment of students balanced against available faculty and adequate facilities. “For example, right now there is a backlog of students who need to complete labs along with their science classes,” Paterson said. “We continue to manage enrollment in that area to remain steady until we get the funding to proceed with the science building.
“Each year, we manage overall enrollment so that we can continue to bring a quality education to our students.”
Paterson also pointed out SIUE’s housing is filled to capacity. Some 3,000 students live in the three residential halls—Woodland, Prairie, and Bluff—and in Cougar Village Apartments. A fourth residence hall—Evergreen Hall—is under construction to be completed by August 2007.
“We are not only excited about the continued interest in SIUE,” Paterson said, “but we are equally pleased that we continue to attract excellent students as shown by our ACT averages.
“More and more quality students and their parents view SIUE as a first choice institution due to our course offerings, first rate residence halls, and the engagement of students inside and outside the classroom,” Paterson said.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Scott Belobrajdic, vice president of enrollment at Illinois College in Jacksonville since 2002, has been named assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, according to SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson.
Ferguson said the appointment is the result of a national search to replace Boyd Bradshaw who left SIUE earlier this year to become assistant provost for Enrollment Services at the University of Louisville. Belobrajdic will assume duties at SIUE on Nov. 6.
“Scott joins SIUE at an exciting time,” Ferguson said. “The past decade has shown enrollment gains in many areas at SIUE and Scott brings a wealth of expertise to our ranks in a key position. We are very happy he has joined our leadership team.”
Before coming to Illinois College, Belobrajdic had more than 14 years of experience in college admissions, both at Saint Louis University and DePaul University. During his career, he has developed significant expertise in the areas of staff development, marketing/recruitment, retention and academic advising, use of information systems to improve strategic student recruitment, and has successfully managed significant financial aid programs.
Belobrajdic is affiliated with The College Board, the Illinois Association of College Admission Counseling, the National Association of College Admission Counseling, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers. He also has served as community volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.
A graduate of Illinois College, Belobrajdic earned a baccalaureate in Communications/Studio Art and a master’s in education in Human Services Administration/Counseling at DePaul. He currently is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership at SLU.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Subscription tickets are on sale now for the 18th year of A Season for the Child, the family-oriented live theater season sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) and TheBANK of Edwardsville.
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 2006-07 season kicks off with a delightful musical version of the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the theater at SIUE’s Katherine Dunham Hall. A Season for the Child 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.
Piwacket Theatre Company will present its lively adaptation of the 19th Century fairytale penned by the Brothers Grimm. Little Red Riding Hood is a cautionary tale of a little girl walking through the deep woods to her grandmother’s home. She meets a wolf who tries to convince her to stray off the path, but our heroine resists. She later arrives at grandmother’s house to find an interesting turn of events has occurred.
Piwacket Theatre for Children is in its 15th season of captivating young audiences with cleverly adapted fairytales, filled with catchy songs, dance, colorful costumes, and magical props.
Subscription tickets are $16 per person for all four shows—a $4 savings—while individual tickets are $5 per person. Tickets are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
Other productions during the 2006-07 season include The Velveteen Rabbit (2 and 7 p.m.) Dec. 9; CinderBottom, at 7 p.m. Jan. 27; and Hansel and Gretel: The Next Generation at 7 on March 24.
Scholar: Melissa Mullen of Granite City, a freshman at SIUE, is recipient of the 2006 Staff Senate Scholarship. She is flanked here by her mother, Sally, associate director of Student Financial Aid, and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. At far left is Larry Bennett, assistant director of Campus Recreation and vice president of the Staff Senate. At far right is Jesse Harris, a counselor in the Office of Counseling and Advising and also Staff Senate treasurer. The scholarship is awarded annually to an SIUE staff member’s child or grandchild eligible under the scholarship’s academic guidelines. Melissa’s father, Scott, could not attend the photo session. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) September marks the first month for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to celebrate support from the University and local business communities, thanks to a new outreach initiative.
For the first time in its history, the SIUE Foundation has launched a campaign asking both groups to contribute to the University, allowing the designator to choose the where the designation goes within the organization.
SIUE Day, a breakfast to honor those businesses that promise resources to the institution, will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.
“The overall focus is to celebrate SIUE, while gaining faculty, staff and local business support annually,” said Julie Babington, SIUE’s director of annual giving. She added that for each entity, “the number one goal for SIUE Day is participation.”
Babington is the event’s main organizer. She noted that those planning to give can determine which University or faculty research program, scholarship or academic unit to assist.
“This is a new fundraising effort that provides an opportunity for businesses in the community to demonstrate their partnership with the University,” Babington said.
Honorary Chair Steve Smith and Associated Bank are sponsoring the SIUE Day breakfast. For more information, call Babington at (618) 650-2378, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Featuring the sounds of “Cool Latin Jazz,” the 18th Annual Jazz Supper Dance promises an evening of fun, food, and music from 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Reservation deadline is Sept. 22,
Sponsored by the SIUE Friends of Music, proceeds help provide scholarships for talented SIUE music students and help build the Friends of Music Scholarship and Endowment Fund. Half of the ticket price is a gift to the Friends organization and may be considered a tax deductible contribution. The Friends organization is a support group for the SIUE Department of Music.
Set in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center, the Jazz Supper Dance offers a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing to music with a Latin beat and then later “wrap up the evening” with classic Big Band music from the SIUE Concert Jazz Band. The band is conducted by Stan Kenton alumnus Brett Stamps, SIUE professor of music and director of the Jazz Studies Program for the University.
Music during cocktails will be providing by guitarist Rick Haydon, also a professor in the SIUE Jazz Studies Program. He recently recorded a popular CD, “Just Friends,” with nationally known jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli Jr.
Tickets for the Jazz Supper Dance are $50 per person; a table of eight may be reserved for $350. A “Blue Note” sponsorship ($500) entitles a table of eight to preferred seating and recognition in the evening’s printed program.
For reservations or for more information, call Martee Lucas in the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3799, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3799.
(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 Sept. 30-Dec. 2 in Alumni Hall and in the SIUE Art and Design Building.
According to Dennis Taylor, 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 visual arts. “Hands-on experience and classroom discussions will explore many ways children can communicate ideas through art,” Taylor 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.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will undergo a Quality Checkup Site Visit October 25-27 by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. SIUE has been accredited by the Commission since 1969. Its accreditation is at the Master’s and first professional degree levels.
The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary.
The Commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. SIUE has been a participant in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) since 2000. AQIP is a new and innovative method for maintaining regional accreditation.
The evaluation team will visit the institution to verify information in SIUE’s Systems Portfolio, review the University’s strategies and opportunities for improvement, assure a commitment to continuing quality improvement, and confirm SIUE’s compliance with accreditation expectations. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the University. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take final action.
The public may submit comments regarding SIUE to:
Public Comment on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by Sept. 25. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.
Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request a separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comment.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Deepak Chopra, known worldwide as a proponent of holistic healing, opens the Arts & Issues series 2006-07 season at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sept. 28. The SIUE School of Nursing is sponsoring this season’s inaugural event.
Arts & Issues, which has a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois, will present the well known Chopra—who has been at the forefront of “mind and body medicine” for more than a decade—at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center.
As a physician who has combined his credentials with the study of holistic healing, Chopra is considered one of the foremost teachers of personal growth. “Arts & Issues audiences will experience an evening of thought-provoking ideas and enlightening philosophy from one of the foremost teachers and authors of personal growth,” said John Peecher, coordinator of the series. “Time magazine heralded Deepak Chopra as one of the Top 100 heroes and icons of the century, and in 1999 credited him as ‘the poet-prophet of alternative medicine,’” Peecher said.
Peecher also pointed out that series subscription tickets still are available. “Individual tickets also are on sale now for $20; students, $10, but until Sept. 28 you have the opportunity to guarantee a seat with a subscription,” Peecher pointed out. “The popularity of Arts & Issues continues to grow, with recent seasons seeing standing-room-only audiences for many of the shows.”
Creator of the Chopra Center for Well Being in California, Chopra uses a combination of the best of Western medicine with natural healing traditions. He offers training in programs that study “mind body medicine” for which UC-San Diego School of Medicine has offered continuing medical education credits.
Chopra is known as a prolific author of more than 40 books, as well as more than 100 audio, video and CD-ROM titles. His latest book, Peace Is the Way (Harmony Books) won the Quill Award.
Other award-winning books include The Book of Secrets, Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life (Harmony Books, 2004) and The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence (Harmony, 2003).
As an international presenter and keynote speaker, Chopra has appeared at the State of the World Forum, hosted by Mikhail Gorbachev, and has spoken before the Peace and Human Progress Foundation, created by Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Prize winner.
For more information about Chopra and his work, visit the Web site: www.chopra.com or call (888) 4 CHOPRA. Subscription Arts & Issues tickets are on sale with seven events offered for $147; students, $73.50. More information and tickets are available by contacting the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. Subscriptions and tickets also may be purchased at the Web site: artsandissues.com.
The Honorary Inaugural Committee invites all Southern Illinois University students, faculty and staff and the public to attend the installation of Dr. Glenn Poshard as the seventh president of Southern Illinois University. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 (Thursday) at the SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill. Casual attire is permitted.
The members of the Honorary Inaugural Committee include:
Rod Blagojevich, Governor; Jerry Costello, U.S. Representative; Tom Cross, Minority Leader, State Representative; Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator; Emil Jones Jr., Senate President, State Senator; Ray LaHood, U.S. Representative; Michael Madigan, Speaker of the House, State Representative Barack Obama Jr., U.S. Senator; John Shimkus, U.S. Representative; Frank Watson, Minority Leader, State Senator; Guy Alongi, Chair, Illinois Community College Board; Harold Bardo, Director, MEDPREP; Chair, SIU Presidential Search Committee; Margaret Blackshere, President, Illinois AFL-CIO; Susan Breck, President, SIUE Faculty Senate; Jay Brooks, President, SIUC Civil Service Council; Thomas Caliper, Business Manager, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 551; Brad Colwell, Chair, SIUC Graduate Council; Constantine Curris, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; Larry DeJarnett, President, SIUC Foundation; Randy Dunn, Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education; Radcliffe G. Edmonds, Jr., SIUE, Associate Professor, Economics and Finance; Director of School of Business Office of International Programs; Sam Gaines, President, School of Medicine Alumni Board of Governors; Charlotte Gibson, Chair, SIUC Administrative and Professional Staff Council; Samuel Goldman, SIU Board of Trustees; Jean Harrison, President, SIUE Graduate Council; Ed Hightower, SIU Board of Trustees; Sheri Hunter, President, SIU Alumni Association; James Kaplan, Chair, Illinois Board of Higher Education; Richard Legon, President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges; Larry Lexow, President, SIUE Alumni Association Board; M. Peter McPherson, President, National Association of State Universities and Land- Grant Colleges; Carl Mitchell, President, SIUE Student Senate; Richard H. Moy, Former Dean and Provost, SIU School of Medicine; Akeem Mustapha, President, SIUC Undergraduate Student Government; David Oates, President, SIUE Foundation Board; Jesse Phelps, SIU Board of Trustees; Jon Pressley, President, SIUC Graduate and Professional Student Council; Jesse Ruiz, Chair, Illinois State Board of Education; Keith Sanders, SIU Board of Trustees; John Simmons, SIU Board of Trustees; Lucy Sloan, Vice Chair, Illinois Board of Higher Education; Edward Smith, Vice President, Regional Manager, and Assistant to the General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America; Kyle Stunkel, President, SIUE Staff Senate; Roger Tedrick, Chair, SIU Board of Trustees; David Ward, President, American Council on Education; Douglas Whitley, President and CEO, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce; Stephen Wigginton, SIU Board of Trustees; Marquita Wiley, SIU Board of Trustees; and David Worrells, President, SIUC Faculty Senate
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business will host a Bike Ramble on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 9 a.m. This event is part of Homecoming Weekend activities planned by the University.
Participants may enjoy SIUE’s colorful fall foliage as they bike the 5-, 10-, or 15-mile routes with family, fellow alumni, students, and friends. In addition to the bike ride through campus, participants also may enjoy other Homecoming activities including the Custom and Classic Car Show, the sounds of Sh-Boom, novelty attractions and the first SIUE Club Football game against the Effingham Panthers.
The Fall Bike Ramble is being organized by School of Business alumni and students. Registration is $5 per person, which includes a free T-shirt and refreshments. Parking is available near the Vadalabene Center in Lot F. For more information or to register, contact Gale Hoedebeck, (618) 650-3363, or, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The community heeded the call of an Egg Harbor, Wis., resident who promised a dollar-for-dollar match up to $20,000 to launch a program to help student nurses from underserved areas.
Sam Winston, and his wife, Gerri Winston, made the pledge. While neither has a past relationship with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the couple learned of School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer’s desire to implement a five-year academic plan, which will kick off this spring.
Students will receive tuition assistance, as well as help with managing a personal budget, developing effective study habits and guidance when it comes to problem solving. Upon graduating with a BSN, students in the Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP) agree to return to their communities, where they will fill nursing vacancies and offer quality nursing care.
In its initial phase, the plan involves placing 15 top high school graduates from underachieving school districts in SNAP. The hope is to eventually expand the program to include 30 students each year.
“I am so indebted to the Winston family for making this challenge a reality,” Maurer said. “The response by our alumni, our staff, and our School of Nursing administrators and faculty is a source of great pride to me.”
Sam Winston directed the $20,000 grant through the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation, of which he is the chair. The foundation is a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to awarding health care grants. The total raised through this initiative is $41,370.
“It all began with a phone call from Sam Winston extolling the virtues of the School of Nursing Student Nurse Achievement Project, aimed at recruiting students from socially, educationally and economically disadvantaged communities into the nursing profession,” Maurer said.
“From that one conversation, a relationship between the Winston family and the School of Nursing has evolved and grown.”
A five-piece “wind forest” sculpture garden, as well as a master plan for the 35-acre site of The Gardens at SIUE will be unveiled during a garden party from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.
The celebration of The Gardens, a signature garden of the Missouri Botanical Garden, will be made possible thanks to the support of The Friends of The Gardens at SIUE.
“The garden party is an opportunity to share the vision for The Gardens at SIUE with the public,” said Doug Conley, director of The Gardens. “We want to let people know what The Gardens is, where it is located and how to get involved.”
The wind forest, as it is being called, was dedicated to the University by Rita Hardy of Highland. To be named “The Hardy Family Wind Forest,” it will feature the sculptures made of copper in a garden setting. The Sculptures include double spinner, fleur-de-lis, double helix, desert flame, and double dancer. They were created by Lyman Whitaker of Arizona. Whitaker calls this kinetic art, as each piece moves in the wind.
“The Gardens at SIUE has gained tremendous momentum in the past six months with the formation of a “Friends” group, donation of a sculpture garden, moving the master plan from conceptual to a design that can be implemented, creation of a visitor center conceptual plan, and unveiling of our new logo,” Conley said.
The event is open to the public. The Gardens master plan, designed by Cindy Tyler of Terra Design Studios, will be on display. Tyler will be in attendance to answer questions about the design intent. The concept for a visitor’s center, which was designed and donated by Ted Christner of St. Louis-based architectural firm Christner Inc., will be displayed at the event. Christner also will attend the function to answer questions.
“In addition, Peter Raven, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden will speak, the master plan drawings will be available for review, and the landscape architect and architect will be on site to answer questions” Conley said.
Parking will be available in the nearby Cougar Village married housing lot. Follow the Garden Party signs. The event is being sponsored by Hortica, TheBANK of Edwardsville, and First Clover Leaf Bank.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) To commemorate those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to promote global peace, the “11 Days of Peace Campaign” will be celebrated Sept. 10-21 at the domed Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center and at SIUE’s Morris University Center (MC).
The activities will begin with a religious remembrance of that tragic day in New York City and or near the nation’s Capitol, and will culminate in a U.N. International Day of Peace celebration that will include a peace march from the MC to the Religious Center, with participants carrying candles, while the University’s carillon tolls at noontime on Sept. 21.
The Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) and the United Campus Ministry (UCM), both headquartered at the Religious Center, as well as the SIUE Student Leadership Development Center and the Raise Your Voice student organization are co-sponsoring the event.
“This is a celebration of peaceful activities and events,” said Sr. Claudia Calzetta, CCM director. “We encourage all students and anyone from the community to join us in all or any of the activities during these 11 days,” she said. “This is not a series of events with a political agenda nor does this campaign have a political agenda. It does not support or negate any political party,” she said.
“We hope that these 11 days will help all of us become more at peace in our relationships with others, with nature, and with the world at large.”
A schedule of events is available at the SIUE Religious Center Web site: http://www.siue.edu/RELIGION/CATHOLIC/calendar.html . A brochure is available through e-mail: email@example.com .
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The WoRKS Group—Edwardsville, a new organization based on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, offers dialogues about religion and science for the campus and regional communities in the interfaith setting of the Religious Center at SIUE.
“WoRKS is an acronym for World Religions, Knowledge, and Science,” explained SIUE Professor Gregory Fields, chair of WoRKS and the grant’s principal writer. The WoRKS Group will meet monthly during the academic year, and will conduct a study group and a distinguished speakers’ series, inviting influential thinkers for public presentations and open discussion.
The group begins its inaugural year with a Distinguished Speaker on Monday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Religious Center (Geodesic Dome) next to the SIUE Art and Design Building. Ashok Malhotra, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY-Oneonta, will speak on “Traditions of India and Models for Dialogue on Science and Religion.”
The WoRKS Group will generally meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Religious Center. This year, the study group will discuss When Science Meets Religion by Ian Barbour (Oxford, 2000). “Students and members of the public are encouraged to participate in the dialogues,” Fields said.
Additional WoRKS study group dates coming up are Oct. 11 and Dec. 13. The second presentation in the distinguished speakers series is “Responses of the World’s Religious Traditions to the Challenge of Genetically Modified Animals.” This talk will be presented by Harold Coward of the University of Victoria on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30pm.
“WoRKS supports productive engagement of faith and science, and will bring together faculty, students, professionals, clergy, and community leaders representing the disciplines,” Fields explained. Those disciplines, he said, will include physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, religious studies, philosophy, psychology, history, languages, technology and ministry.
“The group will pursue topics ranging from origins of the universe to the ethical dilemmas raised by contemporary biotechnologies,” Fields said. “ The group’s topics are timely and relevant, as evidenced by Pope Benedict’s current debate with former theology students about evolution, and recent debate in American education boards concerning intelligent design.”
Fields said the WoRKS Group-Edwardsville is an initiative of the Metanexus Institute “which seeks to encourage thoughtful and dynamic exploration of the interrelationship of science and religion, to promote greater appreciation of these issues, and to enhance increased cooperation between science and religion.” Fields conceived the premise of WoRKS and wrote a grant proposal to secure funding for the organization. The group’s co-chair is SIUE Emeritus Physics Professor George Henderson.
The WoRKS Group’s initial three-year plan of events is funded by a grant from the Metanexus Institute, with matching funds provided by the Graduate School, the Office of the Provost (Social and Cultural Diversity), the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy, the University Religious Council, and the Friends of the Religious Center, all at SIUE. Events are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Professor Fields, (618) 650-2461; by email firstname.lastname@example.org ; or visit the Web site: www.metanexus.org
Barbara Jo ‘Bobbie’ (O’Neal) Walston, formerly a chief clerk in Audio-Visual Services, died Friday, Aug. 25, at Bethalto Care Center. She was 75.
O’Neal joined the University in 1968 as a bookkeeping machine operator in Administrative Accounting, but left a year later. She returned in 1970 as a secretary and by 1975 she had become chief clerk in A-V, where she remained until retiring in 1986.
The funeral was conducted at Christian Church in Wood River on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Burial took place at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be made to Christian Church’s building fund.
William Howard “Bill” Bond Jr., retired admissions and records officer, died Tuesday, Aug. 22. He was 69.
Bond joined the University in 1964 as assistant to the registrar and became assistant recorder shortly thereafter. He then joined the Office of Admissions and Records, where he retired in 1996.
He earned a marketing degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1961.
A private funeral service was conducted by Marks Mortuary in Wood River.
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Intercollegiate Athletics will induct 13 individuals and four teams into its 2006 Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Vadalabene Center Gymnasium.
“This class represents another level of outstanding competitors,” SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt said.
The 2006 Hall of Fame class includes 10 student-athletes from a cross-section of sports and eras. Three administrators and coaches also are to be inducted. Four teams, which brought distinction to SIUE, also will be honored.
A four-time All-American golfer, Les Agne led SIUE to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons from 1977 to 1980. Agne was the national runner-up as a senior with a school-record 289 in the 72-hole event.
Jack Blake scored 25 goals and 15 assists for the SIUE men’s soccer team from 1968 to 1970. He joined John Carenza in 1970 as the first All-Americans in men’s soccer for SIUE and also was a member of the U.S. Olympic team pool heading into the 1972 Olympics.
The first men’s athletics trainer for SIUE, Bud Buddell spent 16 years at SIUE, playing a role in the conditioning and care of national champions. The list of national champions included four in men’s tennis (1978-1981) and two in men’s soccer (1972 and 1979). He received the Olympic Excellence Award in 1973 following his international work as one of 12 athletic trainers to serve the United States during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
Elisabeth Calander was a two-time national champion in singles during the 1984 and 1985 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, posting an astounding 70-10 record.
John Carenza scored a school-record 71 goals and 29 assists in his SIUE men’s soccer career, marks that have stood for more than 30 years. An All-American in 1970 and 1971, Carenza was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team.
Kent DeMars transformed the SIUE men’s tennis program from club status to national powerhouse. DeMars coached players who earned 55 All-American certificates from 1974 to 1984. SIUE collected seven consecutive national championships under DeMars from 1978-1984. Three different players won NCAA Division II singles titles from 1977 to 1983. Four different doubles teams earned national titles from 1979 to 1984.
An eight-time men’s tennis All-American, Juan Farrow was a singles and doubles All-American from 1977 to 1980. Farrow was a three-time singles national champion in 1977, 1978, and 1980, a record which continues to stand more than 25 years later. Farrow also was a member of the U.S. Under 21 Davis Cup Team.
Alan Grammer, a three-time NCAA Division II wrestling All-American, won individual national titles in 1985 and 1986. He earned All-American honors two other times by placing third in the 1985 NCAA Division I Nationals and fifth in the 1986 NCAA Division I Nationals. Grammer’s career record at SIUE was 119-17-1.
The founder and the first coach of the SIUE softball program, Cindy Jones led the Cougars to the national tournament four times and collected 376 victories, including a second-place finish at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Championships (AIAW) in 1982. Jones became the sixth SIUE Director of Athletics in 1988 and commanded SIUE’s move to conference affiliation when the Cougars joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 1994.
Sandy Montgomery recorded 659 strikeouts and six no-hitters from 1982 to 1985 as a member of the SIUE softball team. Her earned run average of 0.86 as well as 84 pitching victories has yet to be challenged. Montgomery helped the Cougars to a second-place finish at the 1982 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships.
A five-time men’s tennis All-American, Bill Rusick was part of SIUE’s first two national championship teams in 1978 and 1979. In the national championship seasons, he earned singles and doubles All-American honors. Rusick continued his passion by becoming a tennis professional, teaching more than 1,000 people the game of tennis since leaving SIUE.
A two-time NCAA Division II wrestling champion in 1983 and 1984, Don Stevens ruled the 126-pound weight class. He placed seventh at the 1983 NCAA Division I Championships and eighth at the 1984 NCAA Division I Championships. Stevens recorded a 101-25-2 record as a Cougar and was a key member of the 1984 NCAA championship team.
A two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball, Champ Summers left SIUE to pursue a career in professional baseball. As a Cougar, Summers posted a .340 batting average with a team-leading seven home runs during the 1971 season. In two basketball seasons from 1969 to 1971, Summers amassed 772 points in 41 games played, an 18.8 scoring average. In 11 major league seasons, he played for the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, the Detroit Tigers, the San Francisco Giants, and the San Diego Padres.
The SIUE baseball team placed third at the NCAA College Division Championship finals in Springfield, Ill., under Coach Roy Lee. The Cougars finished the season with a 31-15-2 record, including the first no-hitter in NCAA Division II baseball postseason history by Ron Middleton against Nicholls State. The 1972 baseball team includes Dan Cole, Mike Allaria, Don Rains, Steve Malone, Pat Peterson, Joe Crenshaw, Tom Twellman, Tim Summers, Bill Campbell, Ron Rohlfing, John Belk, Roger Belshe, Bobby Graves, Jan Dishinger, Mindy Macius, Willis Bundy, Dave Riker, Jim Greenwald, James Pilcher, Dale Wilderspin, Mike Dickey, Sam Stewart, Ken Desmaretz, Ted Sangster, Stan Hawkins, Joe Restoff, and Nick Baltz. Lee’s assistant coach was Gary Collins.
Behind the duo of Juan Farrow and Arjun Fernando, the SIUE men’s tennis team captured back-to-back NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championships at the Indian Rock Resort in Fairfield Bay, Ark. Farrow and Fernando swept the singles and doubles titles at the championships to lead SIUE to 21 points and were followed by San Diego with 15 points. After Farrow, the two-time defending NCAA singles champion, dominated his side of the bracket, he faced Fernando in the finals. Fernando upset his teammate 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. SIUE didn’t just depend on its top two players for the team title. Bill Rusick won three matches at the nationals and Raimo O’Jala won twice. Other key members of Coach Kent DeMars’ national championship team were Alan Millar, Raymond Kuzava, and Scott Whaley.
SIUE earned the 1979 NCAA Division I crown behind a plethora of talented players for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Guelker. Matt Malloy scored a hat trick as SIUE defeated Clemson 3-2 in the national championship game in Tampa, Fla. The 1979 men’s soccer team includes Assistant Coach Rick Benben, Don Ebert, Tim Guelker, Ed Gettemeier, Mark Downar, Bob Bozada, Jeff Cacciatore, Tuaya Chiwanga, Tim Clark, Tom Groark, Joe Howe, Dave Hummert, Dave Hundelt, Pat Malloy, George Mishalow, Morris Mwongo, Steve Schell, Stuart Stevenson, Terry Trushel, and Mike Twellman.
The SIUE softball team placed second at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. All-American Amy Frey batted .384 with a team-leading five home runs, a school-record 11 triples, and 46 runs batted in. Denise Schaake followed with a .320 batting average with 30 runs batted in. The pitching staff featured Becki Saylor and freshman Sandy Montgomery. The duo combined for a 0.88 earned run average, including 19 shutouts. Under Coach Cindy Jones, the Cougars also finished second at the state championship only to make a similar run at the national tournament. After winning the Midwest Regional Tournament, SIUE won four games at the national tournament but its second loss to Northern Iowa in the championship game ousted the Cougars. The other members of the 1982 national runner-up team were Natalie Buster, Kathy Byrne, Maggie Dyer, Deb Higgins, Terri Lamb, Lisa Sarich, Patti Scott, Cathy Sondag, Sherri Strandt, and Patty Suessen. The assistant coach was Wendy Hedberg, and the team statistician was Diana Hedrick.
During Welcome Week, we not only welcome new and returnng students, but we also enjoy meeting new faculty and staff. Below is a list of new faculty members and a little bit about each one. If you click on their names, a photo will put a face with the name.
Jill Anderson—English Language and Literature—will receive a doctorate from Michigan State University. Her dissertation topic is “Early American Novels of Manners.” Anderson enjoys film, television and politics.
Todd Anderson—Art and Design—earned an MFA at the University of New Mexico. His scholarly interests include socio-political landscapes mediated through printed matter. Anderson enjoys foreign travel and rock climbing.
Kelly Barry—Biological Sciences—earned a doctorate at the University of Hawai’i. Her dissertation topic is “Isolation of a Sugarcane Gene Promoter and Its Application to Chimeric Gene Expression in Sugarcane Protoplasts.” Barry’s scholarly interests include environmental restoration, gene expression in plants, and teaching strategies and assessment in science education. She enjoys quilting and gardening.
Kathryn Bentley—Theatre and Dance—a graduate of SIUE, Bentley received an MFA in directing from Lindenwood University. Her thesis topic is “The Lynching of the African-American Male through the Eyes of African American Female Playwrights.” Bentley’s scholarly interests include multicultural theatre. She enjoys community arts programs and youth art programs.
Scott Bergman—Pharmacy Practice—received a doctorate in Pharmacy from South Dakota State University. His dissertation topic is “Nursing Home-Acquired Pneumonia Treatment.” Bergman’s eaching interests include infectious diseases and antiretrovirals for HIV/AIDS. He enjoys hiking, camping and watching NFL football
Robyn Berkley (no photo available)—Management and Marketing—earned a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her dissertation topic is “Realistic Job Information, Job Relatedness, and Procedural Information Influence on Perceptions of the Employer: Mediation Effects of Selection Procedural Justice.” Berkley’s teaching interests include organizational behavior and human resources management. She enjoys yoga, pilates exercise and camping.
Cory Blad—Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies—received a doctorate from the University of Tennessee. His dissertation topic is “Multiculturalism and the State: The Impact of Globalization on Policy Capacities and Adaptation in Canada and Quebec.” Blad’s scholarly interests include global political economy, social movements and culture.
Margaret Boldt—Accounting—earned a doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation topic is “The Effects of Functional Fixation on Relative Performance Evaluations.” Boldt’s teaching interests include managerial/cost accounting and financial accounting. She enjoys crafting, reading, watching films and spending time with family.
Dennis Bouvier—Computer Science—received a doctorate from the University of Louisiana—Lafayette. His dissertation topic is “Algorithms for Scientific Visualization of Medical Volume Studies.” Bouvier’s teaching interests include software engineering, human-computer interactions and computer graphics. He enjoys running and racquetball.
Lori Campbell—Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies—earned a doctorate at The Ohio State University. Her dissertation topic is “Parental Wealth and Child Development.” Campbell’s scholarly interests include wealth equity. She enjoys tennis, gardening and sports.
Wai Hsien Cheah—Speech Communication—received a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. His dissertation topic is “The Impact of Sensation Seeking and Cultural Orientation on the Effects of Fear Appeal Messages: A Four-Country Study.” Current scholarly interests include Bosnian refugees’ cultural adaptation in St. Louis. He enjoys traveling, ethnic food, and playing tennis and badminton.
Song Foh Chew—Mathematics and Statistics—earned a doctorate at the Purdue University. His dissertation topic is “Robust Supervision for Flexible Manufacturing Systems with Unreliable Resources.” His teaching interests include operations research, mathematics and statistics. He enjoys reading, jogging and fishing.
Ralph Córdova—Curriculum and Instruction—received a doctorate from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His dissertation topic is “Discursive/Social Construction of Professional Identities of Pre-Service Teachers in Relation to Their Fixed-Site Supervisor, An Ethnographic Study.” Cordova’s scholarly interests include language arts/literacy. Ralph enjoys travel, gourmet cooking and long distance running.
Yixin Dai—Public Administration and Policy Analysis—earned a doctorate at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Her dissertation topic is “Patent for Publish: University Researcher’s Choice between Traditional and Commercial Research Outcomes.” Her scholarly interests include science and technology policy and environmental policy. She enjoys music reading, hiking and cooking.
Elizabeth Delfert—Library and Information Systems—received a master of Library Information Science from Dominican University. Her scholarly interests include online medical information and the application of innovative technologies in the library setting. Delfert enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with her family.
Gregory Everett—Psychology—earned a doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi. His dissertation topic is “Behavioral Psychology—The Importance of Escape Expectation in Time-Out Procedures Used to Treat Escape Maintained Noncompliance.” Everett’s teaching interests include school psychology, behavioral interventions and child psychology. He enjoys watching movies, playing golf and spending time with family.
James Hackard—Economics and Finance—received a doctorate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His dissertation consisted of three essays on “Informational Transmission in Financial Market.” Hackard’s teaching interests include corporate finance, investments, insurance and market microstructure. He enjoys golf, jogging and college sports.
Corinne Harmon—Special Education and Communication Disorders—earned a doctorate in Education at Saint Louis University. Her dissertation topic is “An Historical and Philosophical Analysis of the Meaning of Intelligence and Its Relationship to the Determination of Cognitive Disabilities.” Harmon’s teaching interests include special education and leadership. She enjoys hiking, reading and yoga.
Roberta Harrison—Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing—received a doctorate from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Her dissertation topic is “Weigh to Life: A Combined Lifestyle Intervention of Diet, Physical Activity and Behavioral Strategies.” Harrison’s teaching interests include care of older adults, rehabilitation nursing, and nursing management and administration. She enjoys golf.
Michael Hasenstab—English Language and Literature—earned a master’s at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His thesis concerns student motivation. Hasenstab enjoys publishing short stories, screenplays and dramas.
Chris Herndon—Pharmacy Practice—received a doctorate in Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. His teaching interests include pain and palliative care and end of life care. His scholarly interests include policy barriers to safe and effective pain control. Herndon is married with two sons.
Allen Hunt—Accounting—earned a doctorate at Louisiana State University. His dissertation topic is “Voluntary Accounting Policy Choices of Lower Level Units in Multi Unit Firms.” Hunt’s main teaching interest is financial accounting. He enjoys woodworking and reading.
Jingyi Jia—Economics and Finance—will be receiving a doctorate from Temple University. Her dissertation topic is “Institutional Ownership Stability, Firm Performance and the Cost of Debt.” Current teaching interests include corporate finance and financial markets and institutions.
Matthew Johnson—English Language and Literature—earned a doctorate at Indiana University. His dissertation topic is “The Subject at Play: Computer Games and Composition Studies.” Johnson’s scholarly interests include composition and rhetoric and writing pedagogy. He enjoys book collecting and pre-1946 aircraft model building.
Janice Joplin—Management and Marketing—received a doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington. Joplin had been a faculty member in the SIUE School of Business from 1994-2000 before joining the faculty at UT-El Paso. Her dissertation topic is “Developing Leadership Skills.” Joplin’s teaching interests include strategic and international management. She enjoys golf, painting and travel.
Anastasios Kaburakis—Kinesiology and Health Education—earned a doctorate at Indiana University at Bloomington. His dissertation topic is “NCAA D-I Amateurism and International Prospective Student Athletes—The Professionalization Threshold.” Kaburakis’ teaching interests include sport law, NCAA policy, strategy, international law and governance. He also enjoys music and mountain biking.
Nicole Klein—Kinesiology and Health Education—received a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation topic is “Correlates of Adolescent Initiation of Sexual Intercourse, Contraception Use and Pregnancy.” Klein’s teaching interests include theories, program planning, implementation and evaluation, global health and sexuality. She enjoys biking, reading, music and parenting.
Cathy Koetting—Family Health and Community Health Nursing—earned an MSN at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her thesis topic is “Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: What Does the Literature Tell Us about Vulnerable Populations?” Koetting’s Teaching interests include pediatrics and quality improvement in education. She enjoys working out.
William Kolling—Pharmaceutical Sciences—received a doctorate from the University of Iowa. His thesis topic is “Modification of Surface Functional Groups on Activated Carbon: Effects on the Adsorption of Phenobarbital from Aqueous Solutions.” Kolling’s teaching interests include pedagogical issues in pharmaceutical education, active learning strategies, curricular assessment and student assessment. He enjoys bike riding, astronomy and reading scientific biographies.
Ryan Krauss—Mechanical Engineering—will receive a doctorate from Georgia Tech. His dissertation topic is “Control of Flexible Systems.” Krauss’ teaching interests include controls, vibrations, and computer programming. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking and mountain biking.
Carla Lopez Del Puerto—Construction—earned a master of science at the University of Oklahoma. Teaching interests include cost estimating, project controls, design build and Spanish for construction.
Lisa Lubsch—Pharmacy Practice—received a doctorate in Pharmacy from Texas Tech HSC. Lubsch’s teaching interests include pediatric pharmacy and addiction. She enjoys playing volleyball.
J. Christopher Lynch—Pharmacy Practice—earned a doctorate in Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Lynch’s teaching interests include disease prevention and treatment, diabetes and women’s health. He enjoys fiction writing and reading.
Ramana Madupalli—Management and Marketing—will receive a doctorate from Georgia State University. His dissertation topic is “Salesperson Behavioral Determinants of Customer Equity—An Efficiency Perspective.” Madupalli’s teaching interests include marketing research and product management. He also enjoys playing and watching cricket, basketball and poker.
Vance McCracken—Biological Sciences—earned a doctorate at the University of Illinois. His dissertation topic was “Intestinal Inflammatory Responses to the Indigenous Microbiota.” McCracken’s scholarly interests include host-microbial interactions in health and disease, and microbial ecology. Vance enjoys motorcycling and Spanish literature.
Claudia McVicker—Curriculum and Instruction—received her PhD from Kansas State University. Her dissertation topic was “Reader Response and the Preschool Child.” Teaching interests include reading instruction for elementary education and reading assessment. Claudia enjoys reading, travel, and writing.
Craig Miner—Special Education and Communication Disorders—earned a doctorate at SIU Carbondale. His dissertation topic is “Effects of Preliminary Planning on IEP/ Transition Planning Process and Outcomes.” Miner’s teaching interests include inclusive education, transition and positive behavior supports. He enjoys playing the mandolin and guitar, and is a major league baseball and NFL fan.
Ken Moffett—Political Science—received a doctorate from the University of Iowa. His dissertation topic is “Restrictive Procedures in the Post-reform House.” Moffett’s scholarly interests include Congress, political parties, the courts, and state politics and policy. He also enjoys politics, travel, reading, football and baseball.
James Panico—Special Education and Communication Disorders—earned a doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His dissertation topic is “The Influence of Text Type, Topic Familiarity, and Stuttering Severity on Listener Recall and Comprehension.” Panico’s teaching interests include stuttering, counseling, and clinical methods. He also enjoys watching college football and spending time with his family.
Laurie Rice—Political Science—received a doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation topic is “Campaigns Matter: Advertising Effects on Potential Voters in the 2000 Presidential Primary.” Rice’s scholarly interests include veto threats and the legislative process as well as presidential communication and legislative influence. She also enjoys music, cooking and photography.
Ying Shang—Electrical and Computer Engineering—earned a doctorate at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation topic is “Realization Theory, Model Matching, and Disturbance Decoupling Problem for Systems Evolving with Variable without Negatives.” Shang’s teaching interests include systems and controls, statistics and graduate seminars. She also enjoys painting, drawing, music and travel.
Walter Siganga—Pharmaceutical Sciences—received a doctorate from the University of Maryland. His dissertation topic is “Communication Models in Health.” Siganga’s teaching interests include health policy.
Marta Simidtchhieva—Music—earned a doctorate at Florida State University. Her scholarly interests include exploring and performing music by Bulgarian composers. Simidtchhieva also enjoys gardening and is an active promoter of recycling and global warming awareness.
Lance Speere—Mass Communications—will be receiving his doctorate from SIU Carbondale. His dissertation topic is “The Muddled Landscape of the First Amendment and the College Student Press: A Case Law Analysis.” Speere’s scholarly interests include student press law and women’s page editors from the 1950s to the 1970s. Speere is national president of College Media Advisers Inc.
Christy Spivey—Economics and Finance—earned a doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation topic is “Marriage, Career, and the City: Three Essays in Applied Economics.” Spivey’s teaching interests include applied microeconomics. She also enjoys art and travel.
Jason Stacy—Historical Studies—received a doctorate from Loyola University. His dissertation topic is “Walt Whitman’s Three Personas in the New Market Economy.” Stacy’s scholarly interests include antebellum American history and intellectual/cultural history. He also enjoys reading and hiking.
Steffany VanPutten—Special Education and Communication Disorders—will receive her doctorate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her thesis topic is “Auditory Stimulation with Survivors of Brain Injury with Minimal Responsiveness.” VanPutten’s teaching interests include neurology and cognitive impairments.
Adam Weyhaupt—Mathematics & Statistics—will receive a doctorate from Indiana University. His dissertation topic is “Geometry: Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces.” Weyhaupt’s scholarly interests include minimal surfaces. He also enjoys ham radio, hiking and camping.
Kim White—Family Health and Community Health Nursing—earned a doctorate at Barry University in Miami. Her dissertation topic is “Childhood Lead Exposure: Caregivers’ Knowledge of Lead, Perceptions of Risk, and Risk Reduction Behaviors.” White’s teaching interests include adult learner approach and childhood development. She also enjoys golf, gardening, and working on her home.
Lakesha Wiley—Pharmacy Practice—received a doctorate in Pharmacy from Mercer University. Her teaching interests include diabetes, hypertension, lipids–cardiology and asthma. Wiley also enjoys watching films and exercise.
Ken Witt—Pharmaceutical Science—earned a doctorate at the University of Arizona. His thesis topic was “Modification of Opioid Peptides to Enhance Permeability into the Brain.” Witt’s teaching interests include pharmacology and patho-physiology. He also enjoys scientific research.
Tianlong Yu—Educational Leadership—received a doctorate in education from State University of New York at Binghamton. His dissertation topic is “Ideology, Politics, and Character Education—A Critical Study.” Yu’s teaching interests include multicultural education and philosophical and social foundations of education. Yu also enjoys classical and rap music, independent films, volleyball and gardening.