·Point Of Revue Is First Offering Of SIUE's 08-09 Theater Season
·Arts & Issues Begins With JFK Confidante, Special Counsel
·SIUE Recognized In National Publication Among Who’s Who
·NCERC Becoming Center For Ethanol Training To The World
·Meet The New Faculty
·Emerson Gift Enhances SIUE School Of Business International Programs
·FOTAD Presents “Mystery And Hilarity’ At A ‘Deadly’ Wedding Nov. 2
·Local Library of Congress ‘Teacher Grant’ Promotes Leadership
·Mechanical Engineering Students Explore China
·The Iran that Smiles to kick off Cosmopolitan Iran series at SIUE
·Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker and Film Series Coming to SIUE
·IDOT Signs $2M HCPTP Agreement with SIUE, SWIC, and MEBCO
·R. Coleman Named Employee Of The Month For September
·SIUE Music Faculty Present Opening Of 31st Coffee Concert Season
·Renowned Trumpter Crispian Steele-Perkins To Appear Oct. 21
·Fall Overall Enrollment Largest Since 1975; Full-time Students Also Up
·BOT Awards Contracts Worth $2 Million For SIUE Projects
·SIUE To Present 20th Annual Jazz Supper/Dance Benefit Oct. 5
·Arts & Issues Begins With JFK Confidante, Special Counsel
·Third Annual SIUeDAY University and Community Initiative Set
·SIUE School Of Education To Host ‘Art & Architecture’ Event
·EBR Writers Club Begins 22nd Year Of Twice Monthly Meetings
·Photos Of Recent Recipients Of Staff Senate Scholarships
·SIUE Alumni Affairs Creates Hall of Fame
·Faculty, Students, Alums To Play CD Release Concert At The Sheldon
·SIUE Study Abroad Program Deadline Approaches
·SIUE, City Join To 'Rock the Block' At The Welcome Back Block Party
·SIUE And The City Of Edwardsville Welcome Back Students
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) J.D. Steele has had quite a career and lately he doesn’t show signs of slowing down one bit. He did recently take time to spend a week at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to teach master classes and to serve as music director for the University’s first show of its 08-09 theater season—Point of Revue. Steele, who couldn't help but be musically inclined, is part of The Steeles of Minneapolis, a family known for their gospel shows and who eventually took their special brand of music making to Broadway with Gospel at Colonus in 1988.
He went on to perform and compose several pieces including the score for A Point of Revue. For the past few years Steele has been visiting Africa to direct Shangilia Mtoto Wa Africa (Rejoice, Child of Africa), a youth choir that will tour the U.S. in 2010. But, during a break in his busy schedule, Steele came to SIUE.
Point of Revue, directed by Kathryn Bentley, is billed as a “musical revue” consisting of some 15 scenes by 15 playwrights in a “vaudevillian-style exploration of African American life,” while satirizing current events for “the sake of displaying an educational, worldly comprehension of intolerance.” Bentley is an assistant professor of theater and dance. Steele composed the music for the play which came out of the Mixed Blood Theater Co. in Minneapolis during the mid-1990s. Powerful tales and songs are presented with singing and dancing as Point of Revue “breaks through stereotypes while presenting controversial issues” surrounding the American South, AIDS and Northern Uganda, to name a few.
The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 15-18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, all in the theater at Katherine Dunham Hall. “The artistic director of Mixed Blood at the time, Jack Reuler, asked me to do original music for the show,” Steele said. “I found the play to be a contemporary reflection in a presentational style,” Steele said. “Each story has a message that is poignant but encompassing some humor. However, even though there are varied messages, there is a woven thread throughout—reflections of the African-American experience.
“And that’s how I tried to make the music.” Steele said he composes by connecting the lyrics with his heart and “then what I hear in my head is in turn connected to my heart.” Steele said the music in POR ranges from up-tempo to ballads, with jazz, rhythm and blues, classical and, yes, some gospel. “My father, a great gospel singer, was a big musical influence on me and also my grandfather was in vaudeville, so I’ve been exposed to all of these musical genres.”
Steele said Reuler recently called him and said a production of POR was being mounted at SIUE, so I called here and asked if they needed help,” Steele said. “I talked with Kathy and we worked out the arrangements and here I am.” Steele spent a week at SIUE, working on the music with the cast and then was off, but will return for opening night. “I love working with college students,” Steele said. “They are the future and there’s not much more for older people to do but share our expertise. I like to constantly challenge young people to think about how their art impacts the global community.”
Steele is now getting ready for the 24th Annual Steele’s Holiday Show in Minneapolis and then he’s off to LA to help mount a play he recently co-wrote, and then it’s back to touring with Shangilia. “Point of Revue gives audiences a chance to be introspective,” Steele said. “It will make them laugh, cry, think, and they’ll be entertained, too.
“These kids have their hearts in it and it comes across. It’s very exciting to see. I hope they’ll get some benefit from this experience.”
Tickets for Point of Revue are $10; senior citizens and SIUE retirees, $8; non-SIUE students with a valid ID., $6; SIUE students are free with a valid SIUE ID. Discounted group rates also are available. Call the SIUE Fine Arts box office for ticket information, (618) 650-2774.
Click on photo numbers to see photos suitable for print: Photo 1 | 2: In the first photo, the cast includes (first row) Stephan Young of Park Forest, Delysa Richards of Chicago (60616) and (second row) Sid Simpson of Australia, Sarah Goins of Alton, Kenneth Long of Staunton, Greg Fenner of Florissant, Mo., Tangela McGee, and Dana Szarzynski of Roscoe. In the second photo, Kenneth Long of Staunton is “The Dummy” and Greg Fenner of Florissant, Mo., is his mouthpiece during a scene. (SIUE Photos by Bill Brinson)
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An appearance by one of the last links to the Kennedy days of Camelot, Theodore C. “Ted” Sorensen, will be the first event of the 2008-09 season of the Arts & Issues series fat Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Arts & Issues, which for 23 years has had a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois, kicks off its 24th season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, with Sorensen who at age 24 went to work for a charismatic U.S. senator and became President John F. Kennedy's special counsel and one of his most trusted advisors.
The official media sponsor for the A&I series is the Edwardsville Intelligencer, while the series official hotel sponsor is Hampton Inn and Suites. Sorenson, who will be appearing in SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom, recently released his memoir, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History (HarperCollins, 2008). Meridian is located in the Morris University Center.
This will be the second appearance for Sorensen at SIUE; he was one of the first prominent speakers at Lovejoy Library in 1965. For the past 36 years Sorensen has practiced international law and has written extensively on the presidency and foreign affairs. This was the man who helped draft JFK’s response to then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev in an effort to avoid nuclear war during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Kennedy and Sorensen are authors of what many consider some of the greatest speeches of the 20th Century, including Kennedy’s inaugural address.
An Arts & Issues season brochure is available to the public and may be found at several locations throughout the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area or by calling (618) 650-5194. The brochure contains information about the events and subscription sales for the 2008-09 season. For additional information about the series, call Grant Andree, (618) 650-2626. More information and tickets are available through the Web site: artsandissues.com. The Arts & Issues series at SIUE is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Click here for a photo of Sorensen suitable for print: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES/PHOTOS/PhotoIndex.htm
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been ranked 13th of 44 organizations and departments across the country for “getting things done,” according to nationally published Buildings magazine. One of four universities, SIUE was listed among Who’s Who in the Building Market, above Harvard University, which placed 24th on the list. Organizations and departments were selected based on their facilities management plans for slashing energy costs, improving customer service initiatives, building with the end-user in mind and investing heavily in employee training and development, according to the magazine’s Web site.
Other organizations featured include Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp., the city of Chicago, Marriott International Inc. and Transwestern. “It’s great to be recognized for what you do,” said Bob Washburn, SIUE’s director of Facilities Management. “We have a great group of people doing wonderful things. It’s nice to be named and to be named that highly is a good surprise.”
Students lent support to the Facilities Management plan introduced by Washburn, electing to pay fees for some of the improvements, allowing the University to make needed repairs to infrastructure. The fee was instituted because SIUE has been receiving less financial support from the state of Illinois. SIUE submitted information to be considered for the honor.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Not only is the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville known throughout the world for its dedication to finding ways to produce ethanol more efficiently, but now it’s known on the same global stage for training a strong ethanol workforce. With some 170 viable ethanol production plants in this country and another 30 or so under construction, Jack Ballinger has his hands full. He is the education and workforce development director for the NCERC. “The new plant that’s being built near Madison—we will train all of those employees,” Ballinger pointed out. “There’s a new plant in Sauget and one in Vicksburg, Miss., and we’ve trained all those employees.
“There’s no other place like this—we have a pilot plant, an analytical lab, a fermentation lab and the workforce training all under one roof,” Ballinger explained. “Plus we have a facility that uses the newer way of making alcohol, called the dry grind process, as well as the old way (that some older plants still use) known as the wet mill.”
Things began hopping last year when the NCERC began the final component of its mission—to train and retrain personnel toward creation of a strong ethanol operations workforce. “We signed the first contract with Michigan State University to send us displaced auto workers for retraining,” he said. “That contract alone has sent us some 200 workers.” And, now, the NCERC’s workforce training program is earning a reputation overseas. Ballinger said the center is currently in negotiations to train an ethanol workforce in Spain and just recently he helped train five ethanol operators from Hokkaido, Japan. “The Japanese will be back later this year with more people,” Ballinger said. “They are working on a plan to turn rice into ethanol.
Ballinger makes the point that trying to find alternative fuels is not a brand new endeavor. Brazil developed a program 30 years ago to create ethanol from sugar cane, which still is under way today. “What’s exciting about the ethanol business—aside from the obvious point that we’re working toward reducing our dependence on fossil fuels—is that it has sparked interest in looking at other cellulosic material such as corn, rice or sugar cane to create alternative fuels,” Ballinger said.
“We’re also looking at what we call cellulosic feedstocks such as cornstalks, wood chips, switchgrass, Jerusalem artichokes, palm plants in Malaysia—these are just some of the things that can be used to make alternative fuels,” Ballinger said. “Here at the NCERC we have done just about every experiment you can think of to find the correct formula for these kinds of materials. “A representative of General Motors was here this past week and he was astonished,” Ballinger said. “He said he’s coming back with more research people from GM in January to have them trained. After all, Henry Ford himself created the Model T to run on gasoline or ethanol, but in those days gas was very cheap and abundant. Things have turned around by 2008.”
Even the beer industry is interested in the NCERC. “There is a company called Ethanol Technology in Milwaukee that has been in business for 75 years connected to the brewery industry,” Ballinger said. “They’ve conducted an alcohol school for brewmasters for some 50 years and they sent people here for training,” he explained. “They think the center is fantastic. Some of these people have never seen some of this cutting edge equipment.”
Ballinger said the NCERC workforce training program is growing and more and more proposals are coming in. “We just received another training proposal from a plant in England but they want us to go over there and they’ll be inviting visitors from other members of the European Union. So, our reputation will continue to grow.
“We feel that we’re serving a purpose,” Ballinger said. “We are helping to maintain a level of at least 10 percent of ethanol in our nation’s supply of gasoline. Are we doing a service to the citizens of the United States if we have displaced 10 percent of their fossil fuel needs? Yes, I believe we are doing a great service.”
Click here for a photo of the recent NCERC trainees from Hokkaido, Japan. From left: Hideaki Okada, Satoshi Nishio, Kazutaka Sawada, Hiroyuki Inada and Akiko Horio listen as NCERC Workforce Training Director Jack Ballinger explains part of the operations in the ethanol research center. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)
During a new academic year, 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.
Assistant professor of special education and communication disorders-She earned a bachelor's in music education at Evangel College in Springfield, Mo. (1986), a master's in vocal performance at the University of Northern Iowa 1996), a master's in speech and language pathology at the University of Iowa (2002) and a doctorate in voice science, also at Iowa (2007). She believes the greatest gift to give students is to make them lifelong learners.
Assistant professor of psychology-She received a bachelor's, a master's and doctorate, all from The Ohio State University (2003, 2005 and earlier this year, respectively). Her research area is African American life and culture as well as the psychological aspects of African American experience.
Assistant professor of philosophy-He received a bachelor's from Kenyon College (1995) and both a master's and doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis (2004 and 2007, respectively). His research includes ancient Greek philosophy and contemporary Aristotelian virtue theory.
Assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. He received both a bachelor's and master's degrees from Seoul National University (1987 and 1989, respectively) and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University (2000). His area of research includes robotics, among others.
Professor of curriculum and instruction and chair of that department-She received a bachelor's, a master's and a doctorate, all from the University of Florida (1967, 1973 and 1982, respectively). Her research area includes teacher learning and assessment in teacher education.
Assistant professor of English language and literature-She earned a bachelor's at Mount St. Clare College (2000), a master's at the University of Iowa (2005) and a doctorate at the University of Iowa earlier this year. Her research interests include 19th Century transatlantic literature and book history.
Assistant professor of civil engineering-He earned a bachelor's at the University of Delaware (2002) and a master's and a doctorate at Clemson University (2006 and 2007, respectively). His research area includes intelligent transportation systems, infrastructure security and incident management in transportation engineering. His goal as a teacher is "to provide students with the skills, knowledge and motivation to become the practitioners, researchers, and leaders of tomorrow in science and engineering."
Assistant professor of special education and communication disorders-She received a bachelor's and a master's degrees from the University of Oregon (1998 and 1999, respectively), and a doctorate from SIU-Carbondale (earlier this year). Her area of research is teacher attitudes and beliefs about mainstreaming collaboration between general and special education teachers, and student feelings about mainstreaming
JING YANG FAN HECHT
Clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy-She earned a Pharm.D. at the University of Illinois (2001). Her area of research includes cardiology, infectious disease and innovative teaching methods.
Clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy. He received a bachelor's and a Pharm.D., both from St. Louis College of Pharmacy (2000 and 2001, respectively). His research area includes hemotoretic growth factor use and side effects, supportive care in oncology and classroom leadership.
Instructor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis-She received a bachelor's from Blackburn College (1992), a master's from SIUE (1995) and a doctorate from UM-St. Louis (2007). Her research interest includes policy analysis, program evaluation and empirical research methods.
Assistant professor of library and information services at Lovejoy Library, serving as the science and health sciences librarian-She received a bachelor's from SIU Carbondale (1981) and an MLA from Louisiana State University (1990). Her teaching philosophy: "my role is to empower students to be effective seekers, consumers and creators of information."
Assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies-She received both a bachelor's and a master's from SIUE (1999 and 2002, respectively) and a doctorate from UIC earlier this year. She believes the classroom is "an open forum inviting critical discussion, individual ideas, and a process of constant learning between students and professor."
KRISTINE A. HILDEBRANDT
Assistant professor of English language and literature-She received a bachelor's from Keene State College (1992), a master's from Arizona State University (1997) and a doctorate from the University of California Santa Barbara (2003). Her areas of research include languages, culture and phonetics, among others.
Assistant professor of political science-He earned a bachelor's at Delta State University (1999) and both a master's and a doctorate at Louisiana State University (2004 and 2006, respectively). His research area includes political behavior, public opinion, and comparative politics.
Assistant professor of kinesiology and health education-He received a bachelor's from Drury University (1999) and a master's and a doctorate, both from the University of Kansas (2001 and 2004, respectively). His research areas include obesity, diabetes, and metabolism with emphasis on exercise and diet. His teaching philosophy is to guide and facilitate students' education in an engaging and informative manner.
STACIE MCCLAY KIRK
Assistant professor of special education and communication disorders-She earned a bachelor's at Missouri State University (1999) and a master's and a doctorate at the University of Kansas (2002 and 2006, respectively). Her research area is early intervention and communication, and language development in young children.
Assistant professor of philosophy-He earned a bachelor's at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1996), and a doctorate at Penn State (2007). His area of interest is contemporary continental philosophy ethics. His primary concern as a teacher is to help expand his student's possibilities for understanding the world.
Assistant professor of biological sciences-He received a bachelor's from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1999) and a doctorate from Indiana University (2006). His research area includes plant molecular biology and physiology of a plant's response to gravity. His primary focus is to aid students in the development of critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and intelligently question information received in any aspect of life.
Assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy-She earned a Pharm.D. at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Her research area includes cardiovascular services and anticoagulation. She believes she "is responsible for preparing students intellectually and emotionally to become a part of one of the most trusted professions."
Assistant professor of historical studies-She received a bachelor's from Davidson College (1998), and a master's and a doctorate, both from Rutgers University (2002 and earlier this year, respectively). Her research area includes modern Europe, Germany and Turkey, immigration in modern Europe, post 1945 West Europe and Muslim Minorities in Europe.
Assistant professor of chemistry-He earned a doctorate at the University of Vermont (2002). His research focuses on analytical chemistry, and he has published several works in the field.
Assistant professor of management and marketing-He earned a bachelor's from Mu?la University (1999), a master's at the University of Tampa (2002), and a doctorate from the University of Rhode Island earlier this year. His research includes consumer behavior, judgment and decision making, positioning and retailing.
Assistant professor of historical studies-He earned a bachelor's at James Madison University (1998), and both a master's and a doctorate at the College of William and Mary (2000 and 2007, respectively). His research areas include Colonial America, the Colonial Southeast, Indian-White relations and the deerskin trade. His goal is "to teach students how to transform information into knowledge."
Assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature-She earned a bachelor's at Argentine Catholic University (1995), a master's from the University of Texas-Austin (1997) and earned a doctorate at UT in 2001. She has published more than 10 articles in her field and her research interests include literature and cinema of contemporary Latin America.
Assistant professor of obstetrics in the School of Nursing-She earned a bachelor's at Brigham Young University (1988) and a master's and a doctorate at UM-St. Louis. Her research interests include classroom environment and faculty teaching perspectives.
J. MARK RUSCIN
Professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy-He earned a doctorate at the University of Illinois (1993). He says he hopes to provide learners with the tools, skills, and confidence to enhance critical thinking abilities, and to become leaders in their profession and community. His research area includes geriatric pharmacoepidemology.
Clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy-Her research interest is Family Medicine; she earned a Pharm.D. at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (2007).
Assistant professor of mathematics and statistics-She earned a bachelor's at Saint Mary's College (2001) and both a master's and a doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis (2002 and 2006, respectively). Her research area includes combinatorics, discrete geometry and topology. Her goal is to help her students grow in confidence in their ability to do mathematics.
Instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics-He received a bachelor's from Truman State University (1999) and a master's from the University of Illinois (2004). He is expected to complete a doctorate at the U of I by spring. His research focus includes bioinformatics and cluster analysis.
ALEX "LEX" VAN BLOMMESTEIN
Assistant professor of theatre and dance-He received a bachelor's from the University of Windsor (2005) and a master's from Wayne State University earlier this year. His research area includes scenic design.
CYNTHIA A. WULLER
Clinical professor of pharmacy practice and also capstone coordinator in the School of Pharmacy-She earned a bachelor's at Drake University (1976) and a master's at St. Louis College of Pharmacy (1988). She has numerous publications and her research interests include over-the-counter medications, sterile products and self-care initiatives.
Assistant professor of computer science-She recently received a doctorate at the University of Cincinnati; she earned a bachelors at Wuhan University (2001). Wang’s area of research includes wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, wireless communication and mobile computing.
PHILLIP M. WEISHAAR
Assistant professor of special education and communication disorders-He earned both a bachelor's and a master's at Eastern Illinois University (1973 and 1974, respectively) and a doctorate at Saint Louis University (1984). His research interests include special education assessment as well as special education administration and leadership.
Clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy-She received a Pharm. D. from the University of Kansas (2002). Her research area includes development and implementation of clinical pharmacy services in community-based practice, as well as health and wellness such as preventive screenings and disease state education.
Assistant professor of management and marketing-She attended Dougbei University of Finance and Economics, earning both a bachelor's (1999) and master's (2002); she also earned a doctorate at Peking University (2007).
HUI CHUN (JUDY) ZHANG
Assistant professor of chemistry, with a partial assignment in the Environmental Sciences Program-She received both a bachelor's and a master's at Nanjing University (1994 and 1997, respectively) and earned a doctorate at Georgia Institute of Technology (2004).
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business is providing its faculty the tools needed today to prepare its students to become the global leaders of tomorrow.
Part of that education has been made possible through funding from Emerson, the international manufacturing and technology company with more than 140,000 employees and more than 250 locations around the world that offers process management, climate technologies, network power, storage solutions, professional tools, appliance solutions, motor technologies and industrial automation products and services.
Following a two-year initial faculty training period, students will travel to South and Central America, as well as Southeast Asia, to participate in international studies programs.
"We're trying to better prepare our students for positions in a marketplace that is increasingly global," said SIUE School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino. "This will help prepare our students for work in a dynamic international business environment.
"More of our alumni are working in leadership positions all over the world," Giamartino said. "We will prepare our students to be global leaders by preparing our faculty first. We are very excited about this partnership with Emerson. It is one of the best global companies out there."
Emerson awarded the school $30,000 for the first year of the global initiative, to pay for travel expenses and faculty curriculum development and integration. An international trip over the summer by a group of five SIUE School of Business faculty members launched the first year of the program and allowed faculty to enhance business relationships with Emerson executives in Brazil and Mexico. In summer 2009, faculty members again will travel to meet with Emerson executives; this time in Southeast Asia.
"We are very grateful for having had this opportunity through Emerson," said Madhav Segal, a professor of marketing and marketing research at SIUE. Segal also is director of the Master of Marketing Research [MMR] program for the School. "Emerson's top management personnel in South America were very forthcoming and willing to share critical information with the SIUE faculty about global opportunities and challenges in several business functional areas such as finance, marketing, production and operations.
"Their corporate presentations and plant tours gave us a very good sense of how an American Fortune 500 company manages its global business operations in South America," Segal said. "We're looking forward to next summer and to introducing and expanding the international opportunities for our students."
Currently, the school provides travel abroad opportunities for its students through exchange partnerships with universities in France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and China.
The latest step taken by the school will not only expand its reach at the international level, but it will enrich students' educational experience, as well as their lives culturally, Giamartino said. He also said undergraduate and graduate students often participate in study abroad programs four to six times annually, with between 60 and 100 business students participating in short-term programs lasting 10 days to 2 weeks.
With the travel comes the responsibility of course work and written assignments, as well as the chance to earn college credit and make important business connections that might come in handy in the future.
The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 10 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Only 30 percent of business schools in the United States are accredited by the organization.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) With a nod to Inspector Clouseau, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) will present The Curse of the Pink Cougar, where mystery and hilarity join forces in this tale of a “wedding turned deadly,” at FOTAD's 11th Annual Mystery Dinner Theater and Silent Auction on Sunday, Nov. 2. FOTAD is the support organization for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance. Proceeds from the Nov. 2 event will benefit the organization's scholarship fund for SIUE theater and dance majors. Reservations must be made by Oct. 29.
Written by FOTAD Board Member S.J. Morrison of Edwardsville, who in actual life will be celebrating his own nuptials a week later, The Curse of the Pink Cougar will be performed by board members and several community supporters seen locally on stage. “I’m getting married a week later, so I know how ‘serious’ a wedding can get,” Morrison said with a slight smile on his face. “Don’t tell my fiancée I said that, by the way.
Morrison promises it’s all in fun and will add up to become a hilarious “whodunit.” The event will take place in SIUE’s Conference Center, on the second floor of the Morris Center, just across the hall from the University Restaurant where the event had been held for 10 years. “We discovered there’s actually more room in the Conference Center,” said FOTAD President Greg Conroy. “Over the years our audiences have increased and we feel our patrons will be more comfortable in the larger space.” Conroy said it will be “the perfect evening” to combine a nice dinner with shopping for that unique Christmas gift. “And, if you have ever entertained the urge to play detective, this is your big chance because each table can guess ‘whodunit’ and go home with free tickets to one of the shows in FOTAD’s annual family theater series, A Season for the Child.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; guests may view silent auction items until approximately 7 p.m. when the play will begin and dinner will be served. Tickets are $40 per person and include dinner as well as several chances to win “fabulous” attendance prizes, Conroy said. For reservation information, or to make a reservation with a credit card, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) During August, the Library of Congress awarded additional funding to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education to expand its Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program through 2011. TPS is a K-12 professional development program that assists teachers throughout the surrounding 16 counties in utilizing the Library of Congress' rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction. More information may be found at www.siue.edu/education/tps.
Two local teachers, who have demonstrated a high level of achievement through professional development workshops, have been accepted into the Library of Congress Ambassador Network of teachers. Cheryl Best, a second grade teacher at Wolf Ridge Education Center in Bunker Hill, and Jon Parkin, a high school history teacher at Edwardsville High School, recently attended the 2008 Ambassador Fellows training at the Library in Washington, D.C.
Their training included time for research, collaboration, and development of lessons that include primary sources. As Library of Congress Ambassadors, Best and Parkin will engage in a variety of educational activities, depending upon their professional interests, to promote teaching with the Library’s vast collections of digitized primary sources including rare documents, photographs, maps, film, and audio recordings highlighting American memory, its history and culture. The Library of Congress Web site can be found at www.loc.gov.
Four Mechanical Engineering students—Nicole Cornelius, James McManus, Nick Rybak and Steven Ziebka—recently traveled to China to conduct senior design, while also exploring Chinese culture. They spent two months at the Henan University of Science and Technology (HUST). The group was led by Professor Keqin Gu, Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
In a globalized world, it becomes increasingly common for engineers to work closely with their colleagues of different cultures; it is therefore highly desirable for us to educate engineering graduates with good understanding and appreciation of international culture. During the two months, the four SIUE students worked closely with Chinese faculty members, as well as graduate and undergraduate students in completing the required senior design classes. They learned similarities and differences of the two educational systems.
In addition, they had a chance to visit the remarkable Great Wall and Forbidden City, and view famous Terracotta Warriors. They also toured subsidiaries of U.S. companies such as Emerson Motors–China, and major Chinese manufacturer, and the Chinese Academy of Science. Daily interactions with Chinese students on a personal basis allowed our students to gain a deep understanding of Chinese culture and history. They ate lunches and dinners daily with the Chinese students, and played basketball frequently. They were invited to the home of a Chinese student, performed Karaoke together, tried out various exotic Chinese dishes, and were even chosen to perform kungfu on stage in the Shaolin Temple.
Our students also left a deep impression in HUST. They celebrated the Fourth of July, gave a presentation about American college life, all enjoying the experience tremendously. Through this experience, they were able to see the “real China.” Steven fondly recalled how they startled a street peddler by using Chinese to decline her solicitation, and bargained with merchants in purchasing souvenirs. Nicole remarked that “I wouldn’t have minded staying a couple of weeks longer if it were possible.” According to James, “the biggest accomplishments were all the experiences and memories we’ll retain for life.”
Click here for a photo of the SIUE engineering students at the Great Wall of China
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A speaker and film series focusing on Iran will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday with The Iran that Smiles: Art, Literature and Culture in Post 1979 Iran in the Morris University Center on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
The event, and 10 others slated to take place between now and spring 2009 as part of Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker and Film Series, is made possible through SIUE's Excellence in Undergraduate Education program, the Department of Philosophy and Student Housing.
The Iran that Smiles will feature speaker Fatemeh Keshavarz, a professor of Persian and comparative literature and chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern languages and literature at Washington University in St. Louis.
She also is author of several books, including Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran, Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi and Recite in the Name of the Red Rose: Poetic Sacred Making in Twentieth-Century Iran.
"Professor Keshavarz's most recent scholarship about the depiction of Iranians and Iranian society in popular literature and Western media coverage helps to fill a void in our critical discourse," said Lucian Stone, assistant professor of philosophy at SIUE. "Her lecture will be a unique opportunity to interact with one of the foremost scholars of Iranian culture and literature."
For more information about the series, visit the series homepage: www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/philosophy/cosmopolitan_iran.shtml, or contact Stone, (618) 650-2246, or, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A speaker and film series coming to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will help educate people about life and culture in Iran.
Made possible through SIUE's Excellence in Undergraduate Education program, the Department of Philosophy and the Office of University Housing, Cosmopolitan Iran: A Speaker and Film Series will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday with The Iran that Smiles: Art, Literature and Culture in Post 1979 Iran in the Conference Center, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.
The featured speaker will be author Fatemeh Keshavarz, a professor of Persian and comparative literature and chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern languages and literatures at Washington University in St. Louis.
According to Lucian Stone, an assistant professor of philosophy at SIUE and chief organizer of the series, "Iran is a living and dynamic cosmopolitan community, reflecting multiple spheres of influence for which no single voice can speak. The scheduled series of speakers and films will explore the Iranian polyvocal community through cultural outlets," Stone said, "such as music, literature, religion, poetry, art and film, wherein contemporary social issues are addressed."
All events will begin at 5 p.m. and take place on the SIUE campus, including:
• Film Screening: The Wind Will Carry Us, a film by Abbas Kiarostami, with an introduction by Negar Mottahedeh, an assistant professor of literature and women's studies at Duke, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the John C. Abbott Auditorium, on the lower level of SIUE's Lovejoy Library Abbott Auditorium;
• Islamic Cyborgs? A Study of Iran's Mystical Cinema, again featuring Mottahedeh, on Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center (MUC);
• Classical Persian Music Structures, presented by Hossein Omoumi, the Maseeh professor in Persian performing arts from the University of California Irvine, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the MUC;
• Film Screening: The Runner, a film by Amir Naderi, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
• The World is My Home: On the Poetics of Cosmopolitanism, featuring Hamid Dabashi, the Hagop Kevorkian professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University, on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center (MUC);
• Film Screening: Offside, a film by Jafar Panahi with an introduction by Farshad Aminian-Tankei, a Kurdish-Iranian American filmmaker and assistant professor in the department of communication and philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University, on Wednesday, March 18, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
• "What Would You Like to Become?" Answers from Iranian School Children, again featuring Aminian-Tankei, on Thursday, March 19 in Abbott Auditorium;
• Film Screening: The Willow Tree, a film by Majid Majidi, with an introduction by Stone, on Tuesday, April 7, in the Multipurpose Room at Evergreen Hall;
• From Cloistered to Cosmopolitan: Women's Representation in Iranian Cinema, presented by Hamid Naficy, the John Evans Chair of Communications in the Department of Radio/Film/ Television at Northwestern University, on Wednesday, April 8, in Abbott Auditorium;
• Cosmopolitan Iran, Remembrance and the Future: An Open Forum, presented by Stone, on Wednesday, April 29, in the Conference Center, on the second floor of the MUC.
For more information, visit the series Web page: www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/philosophy/cosmopolitan_iran.shtml, or contact Stone, (618) 650-2246, or, email@example.com.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southwestern Illinois College and the Metro-East Black Contractors Organization (MEBCO) have formed an educational partnership to administer a new $2 million Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Highway Construction Preparatory Training Program (HCPTP) to help ensure a diversified road construction workforce by helping minorities gain employment in local highway construction projects.
The program was formed to ensure a diverse, properly trained workforce is in place for future road construction projects, including the proposed Mississippi River bridge. Illinois Sen. James F. Clayborne Jr. (D-East St. Louis) and Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), working with MEBCO and IDOT, approached SIUE and SWIC to help administer the training program. At a news conference yesterday, IDOT Sect. Milton Sees thanked Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich as well as Clayborne, Hoffman, members of MEBCO for their vision for this program. He also stated, “The HCPTP is designed to provide opportunities for employment diversity and the preparation of individuals for placement and retention in highway construction apprenticeship programs associated with the highway construction industry.”
Clayborne called the HCPTP, “an opportunity for young people to learn the skills necessary to gain access to apprenticeship positions within the construction industry. The Mississippi River bridge project—and the expected shortage of skilled labor needed to complete the project—holds great hope that students enrolling in this program will help meet this workforce need.”
Under the HCPTP agreement, MEBCO will provide marketing, recruitment and mentoring resources for the program, while SWIC will provide admission procedures, conduct training classes, and also administer a scholarship/stipend component for the program. SIUE will have administrative overview responsibilities. MEBCO President William Mason thanked Sen. Clayborne, IDOT, SIUE and SWIC for helping provide “unprecedented job opportunities for minorities and women” in Metro East. “We look forward to the cooperation of the unions and contractors, and we are excited about the positive economic impact this program stands to have on East St. Louis and the surrounding communities.”
SWIC President Georgia Costello said the HCPTP agreement “extends our longstanding partnership” with SIUE. “More 2007 SIUE graduates transferred from SWIC than any other college, and this new program will benefit minority students. Contractors will serve to enhance that joint productivity between our two institutions.” SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift echoed the sentiment. “SWIC and SIUE have had a longstanding tradition of working together for the benefit of the region,” Vandegrift said. “Our two institutions have not only helped students reach their full potential but the result of that endeavor has significantly strengthened the region’s workforce. The HCPTP also will go a very long way in helping further our economic development efforts.”
Also on hand was SIU President Glenn Poshard who said the joint venture, “between two of the leading educational institutions in the Metro-East area, represents a bold effort to close the opportunity gap that has historically existed for minority students interested in pursuing a career” in the construction trades. “I applaud Secretary Sees, President Costello, Chancellor Vandegrift, President Mason and area legislators for their vision and leadership on this very important social concern.”
As chair of the Illinois House Transportation Committee, Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), who could not attend the news conference, praised efforts in a prepared statement in creating the HCPTP agreement. “We are all well aware of the economic benefits that are accruing to the Metro-East as a result of the expansion and reconstruction of I-64, but a fundamental part of that project was to also address community concerns about the low participation levels of minority workers and contractors,“ Hoffman said. “Today's announcement is a direct result of all parties sitting down and working together to put in place this very important job training initiative.”
Click here for a photo suitable for print. Seated at the table at SIUE for the formal signing of the contract with IDOT, from left, are: MEBCO President William Mason, SWIC President Georgia Costello, SIU President Glenn Poshard and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)
Congratulations: Rozina Coleman, an office support specialist for the Office of Academic Marketing, is the September recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. She is shown in the photo with Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher (at far left), who presented the award. She was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Karen Bollinger (second from the right), assistant director of Academic Marketing Services. At Coleman’s right is Doug Dennison, a manager in Academic Marketing, who supported the nomination. At far right is Greg Conroy, director of the University’s Office of Public Affairs and a member of the Employee Recognition Award Selection Committee. In addition to the plaque she is holding, Coleman 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.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music will launch its 31st season of the Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series with “Delightful Duos In Three Combinations” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris Center. The series provides guests with great music, with performances by music faculty and guest musicians, as well as some coffee and conversation.
The Oct. 27 event will include: Handel’s Arias for Trumpet and Tenor, Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1, for Piano and Violin, and the Sonata in F-minor, Op. 99, for Piano and Cello by Brahms. The series will include additional performances Jan. 26—featuring quintets plus opera, with guest artist John Packard, and March 30—offering Trios Large and Small, with “an unlikely concerto combination.”
Tickets per concert are $10; senior citizens, $9; and students, $5. Subscription series tickets are $27; senior citizens, $24: and students, $15. All of the series concerts will be performed in Meridian. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900. For tickets, contact the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Wind Symphony, under the baton of SIUE Associate Music Professor and trumpeter John Korak, will present a concert featuring internationally renowned trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the theater of SIUE’s Katherine Dunham Hall.
It has been said that Steele-Perkins is known widely for “the quality of his performances and wide-ranging musical experience.” After graduating from Guildhall School of Music, he performed with the English National Opera and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, after which he spent 15 years recording, performing on television and in film studios. He has developed a body of work that includes performances ranging from Handel to James Bond themes and pop classics.
As a collector of antique trumpets, Steele-Perkins’ performance on those instruments may be recognized as part of the musical theme of the BBC’s The Antiques Road Show. Such unique performances and recordings on genuine historic instruments drew praise from Continuo magazine, which called Steele-Perkins “the world’s leading player of the Baroque trumpet.”
Tickets for the performance are $5; senior citizens and children 18 and under, $3; SIUE students, free with valid Cougar ID. For ticket information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has reached the largest overall enrollment since 1975, including the largest fall freshman class in the University’s history, according to SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson. Ferguson released the fall numbers today, saying 13,602 students had enrolled, which includes undergraduate and graduate enrollment and a first-time freshman enrollment of 1,895, up from 1,829 last year. The figure represents the fifth consecutive year of growth in new students enrolled at SIUE.
“We continue to attract new students who are coming to SIUE as a first-choice, first-tier institution in Illinois,” Ferguson said. The enrollment numbers were released on the heels of the news that U.S.News and World Report named SIUE among the top 10 public universities in the Midwest-Master’s category for the second consecutive year—this year SIUE also is in the top one-third of all public and private Midwestern universities. The overall U.S. News scores are based on the academic preparedness of students, graduation rates, faculty characteristics and the reputation of SIUE in higher education.
Also, for the fourth consecutive year, SIUE has been heralded by U.S. News in the senior capstone experience category, among 17 universities—including Yale, Harvard, MIT and Princeton—for its comprehensive program measuring the competency of graduating seniors. According to Scott Belobrajdic, SIUE’s assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, fall enrollment this year also shows the sixth year in a row of full time enrollment (FTE) growth at 11,635, the highest in the university’s history. “FTE is based on the number of hours taken by all students; the number is then divided by 12 semester hours for undergraduates and nine for graduate students, the level at which a student is considered full-time at SIUE,” Belobrajdic said.
“The increase in FTE is an indication that we have more students on campus taking heavier course loads than in previous years, which translates to stronger student retention.” Belobrajdic also pointed out that SIUE’s new freshmen, with a high school average GPA of 3.32, also have an average ACT score of 22.7, more than two points higher than the Illinois average (20.5) and about one point higher than the national average (21.1). SIUE’s new freshman ACT average has been 22.7 for the second straight year.
“New freshman enrollment is up 3.6 percent, new transfers are up about one percent and total graduate enrollment has increased by 3.7 percent over last year from 2,037 to 2,113,” Belobrajdic said. “We targeted graduate programs for enrollment growth but we once again had to limit enrollment for new freshmen after mid-May,” he said. “The demand for seats in the new freshman class again exceeded available spaces by about 150 students. As we look to next year we would really encourage potential freshmen to apply early. Applications for fall 2009 are already running about 25 percent ahead of same date last year.”
Belobrajdic also pointed out the ethnic diversity of the student body has increased from last year and that educational outreach programs have increased some 19 percent over last year. “Off-campus and on-line programs have increased, which shows the Educational Outreach office continues to address the diverse needs of Southwestern Illinois students and employers.”
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today awarded more than $2 million in contracts to seven Illinois companies and two Missouri companies for “build-out” construction of biology labs as well as construction of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) suite, and for renovation of the SIUE Bookstore. The board said renovations for the bookstore, located in SIUE’s Morris University Center (MUC), will be funded through the MUC’s reserve funds, while the labs and the GIS suite will be built with the University’s Operating Funds. The contracts were awarded at the board’s regular monthly meeting conducted at SIUE.
The biology labs and the GIS suite will be constructed in the Bio-Technology Laboratory Incubator (BLI) in SIUE’s University Park for a total of $1,028,623. A contract worth $390,642 was awarded to Limbaugh Construction Co. of Granite City for general contracting; Rakers Electric Contracting Inc. of Aviston won a $146,260 contract for electrical work; a $19,300 contract was awarded to Automatic Fire Sprinkler LLC of Normal, for fire protection work; France Mechanical won a $158,000 contract for heating and a $218,000 contract for ventilation; and a $96,421 contract was awarded to Bel-O Sales and Service of Belleville, for plumbing.
At its April meeting, the board approved the renovation project in the BLI, which calls for building two biology teaching labs and associated support space, as well as a suite for the SIUE Department of Geography’s GIS unit. The unit employs various software in performing spatial analysis for external clients. The unit is currently housed in Alumni Hall next to the School of Nursing’s offices, which needs additional space.
Contracts for the SIUE Bookstore renovation totaled $1,053,694 and were awarded to: Limbaugh Construction, $692,210, for general contracting; Kaiser Electric Inc. of Fenton, Mo., $152,470, for electrical work; Dreyer Investment Corp., St. Charles, Mo., $29,525, for fire protection work; GRP Mechanical of Bethalto, $98,269, for heating; and JEN Mechanical of Alton, $81,220, for ventilation.
The renovation and remodeling, originally estimated at $1.6 million when the board approved the project in September 2007, is set for completion in February. Meanwhile, bookstore operations will be moved upstairs at the MUC. The project will improve lighting and provide better compliance with ADA guidelines with a more open sales floor concept. Improvements will include a new wall, ceiling and floor treatments, as well as new signs, new display fixtures, new technology and a fire suppression system.
In other business today, the board granted project and budget approval to renovate the Oral Surgery Area within the main clinic at the SIU School of Dental Medicine at Alton. The estimated cost of the project is $1.1 million and will be funded through existing donated funds, equipment user fees and local operating funds. The project will add four oral surgery operatories to the main clinic, allowing some relief for those on a waiting list for dental services.
The board also changed the scope of a project involving improvement of roads in University Park by increasing the cost to $815,000, calling for turn lanes and sidewalks. The added $400,000 cost would be funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation and through University Operating Funds.
In other project approvals, the board agreed to development of plans and cost estimates for proposed enhancements to the distillation and dehydration systems in the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center. Project costs, to be determined, will be funded through a grant.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) With its theme of “Hollywood Jazz,” featuring the jazz vocals of Mardra Thomas, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Music will present its 20th Annual Jazz Dinner benefit with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, music for dancing and also a trivia contest for an evening of fun 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at SIUE. Reservation deadline is Sept. 29.
As an established vocalist and actress, Thomas has played many roles but is known for her realistic portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Thomas combines her theatrical and musical talents to keep the history of jazz alive in ongoing performances of “The Jazz Story” and “Women In Jazz.” Thomas, who is the wife of SIUE Music Professor Reggie Thomas, performs with her husband in OGD (Organ-Guitar-Drums), big bands and small ensembles alike. Mardra has recorded Fade To Blue and the soon to be released Standard Times.
Proceeds help provide scholarships for talented SIUE music students and help build the Friends of Music Scholarship 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, “Hollywood Jazz” also will offer the music of the SIUE Concert Jazz Band. The band will be conducted by Jason Swagler, who received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the SIUE Music program. Swagler has been a force on the St. Louis music scene for more than a decade. His previous groups include the popular jump-swing outfit Vargas Swing and the contemporary sounds of CommonWealth. He has been teaching at SIUE since 2000.
In the spirit of the Hollywood theme, guests will “walk the red carpet” as they enter the ballroom. Guests are encouraged to wear “red carpet” attire but it remains optional. Tickets for “Hollywood Jazz” are $60 per person; a table of eight may be reserved for $480. For reservations or for more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3900.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) One of the last links to the Kennedy days of Camelot, the exciting skills of a legendary tap dancer and lessons of leadership from the 16th President of the United States are just a few of the highlights in store for this year’s Arts & Issues series from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The official media sponsor for A&I is the Edwardsville Intelligencer, while the series official hotel sponsor is Hampton Inn and Suites.
Arts & Issues, which for 23 years has had a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois, kicks off its 24th season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, with Theodore C. “Ted” Sorensen who was John F. Kennedy’s special counsel and advisor. Sorenson, who will be appearing in SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom, recently released his memoir, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History (HarperCollins, 2008). Meridian Ballroom is located in SIUE’s Morris University Center.
Grant Andree, coordinator of the series, has gathered an impressive season of great performers and interesting speakers. “Just when we think we’ve put together the best season ever the previous year, we find more and more great events for our audiences,” Andree said. “Every year our audiences have come to expect the best and I don’t think they’ll be disappointed in 2008-09.” The season continues Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at SIUE’s Dunham Hall with a Tony Award-winning choreographer, who also has proven himself as a film and Broadway actor, director and producer—Savion Glover. His BARE SOUNDZ show is sponsored by National City Bank. The show exposes audiences to the concept “that tap dancing is an acoustical instrument,” says Glover in his own words.
The Boys of the Lough return to SIUE at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, for their Christmas show—A Celtic Christmas—bringing the Boys own brand of traditional music. The show promises to be a celebration in music and song of the vital Celtic traditions of midwinter from the Atlantic lands of Northern Europe and North America. They’ll be performing in Meridian Ballroom.
Considered one of the major historians and political commentators of our time, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak about “Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Meridian Ballroom. Author of several books including assisting President Lyndon Johnson with his memoirs, Goodwin also wrote a monumental history of the 16th President of the United States, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Simon and Schuster, 2005). Her visit is sponsored by the SIUE Graduate School.
On Feb. 20, audiences will “travel” to the edge of the world with images from the National Geographic Society on a large, onstage screen, while NPR’s Neal Conan provides narration and Ensemble Galilei performs unique music accompaniment. Poetry also will be recited by Melinda Kelly, all in a presentation of First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom. The evening features spectacular photographs and images depicting many places including 14th Century Iraq, accompanying Mallory as he scales Mt. Everest, and exploration with the likes of Cousteau, Beebe and Ballard, to name a few of the exciting moments. First Person is sponsored by the Cassens Companies.
Nashville singer-songwriter Peter Mayer and Company plays the music of the Beatles in his show, Beyond Abbey Road, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Meridian Ballroom. Mayer and friends will present a fascinating journey through the music of one of the world’s greatest rock bands, a group that changed the face of music forever. What also makes this evening special will be the blending of music of a rock ensemble and a string quartet.
The 2008-09 season comes to an exciting finish at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, as drummer, bandleader and composer T.S. Monk takes the stage with his jazz sextet. Considered the musical heir apparent to his father, jazz piano innovator Thelonius Monk, the younger Monk has impressed critics and jazz aficionados for nearly 30 years. He’ll be appearing in Meridian Ballroom. He has received the New York Jazz Awards’ Recording of the Year and Downbeat magazine's 63rd Reader’s Poll Award for his album, Monk on Monk.
An Arts & Issues season brochure is available to the public and may be found at several locations throughout the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area or by calling (618) 650-5194. The brochure contains information about the events and subscription sales for the 2008-09 season. For additional information about the series, call Grant Andree, (618) 650-2626. More information and tickets are available through the Web site: artsandissues.com.
Most of the 2008-09 Arts & Issues photos suitable for print are available at www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES/PHOTOS/PhotoIndex.htm
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is launching its Third Annual SIUeDAY, a fund-raising initiative aimed at providing a convenient opportunity for University employees and members of the community to help support the institution’s efforts. The faculty and staff component of the campaign will be launched Monday, Sept. 8, while the community campaign will kick off with a breakfast, sponsored by First Clover Leaf Bank on Thursday, Oct. 23, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center.
“SIUeDAY is an opportunity for the local business community to partner with the University and enhance their businesses, while developing human potential and strengthening the region,” said Julie Babington, SIUE’s director of annual giving. In 2006 the Ed/Glen Chamber of Commerce adopted SIUeDAY as one of its community events. More than 20 Chamber volunteers have agreed to participate this year, and the number of volunteers is growing daily as the event draws near.
SIUeDAY 2008 has enhanced its format from past years, Babington said, adding, “While local businesses can still expect to receive a call or visit from one of their fellow chamber members, they will also hear statistics on where students shop locally and why. There will also be information about SIUE resources and services in an effort to help grow their businesses.”
Last year, more than 480 SIUE faculty, staff and retirees, as well as 150 community volunteers, donated a total of more than $138,000. SIUeDAY Chair Kelly Wagner, associate vice president with First Clover Leaf in Edwardsville and first vice president of the Chamber, said she is enthusiastic by the commitment shown by the University to the region, and understands the economic impact that SIUE 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,” Wagner said. “We want to make SIUeDAY an annual event that our community will come to expect and want to be involved in with University employees and the region’s business community.”
The Belleville News-Democrat newspaper is serving as SIUeDay sponsor. For more information about SIUeDAY, contact Babington by telephone, (618) 650-2378, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education will conduct its “Art & Architecture” house tour and art auction on Sunday, Oct. 5. The house tour will be conducted from 1-4 p.m. with a reception to be offered at the Edwardsville Arts Center, 310 Hillsboro Ave., from 3-5:30 p.m., following the tour. Six homes in the Edwardsville area will be on the tour; participants also will be able to visit the new Goshen Elementary School and the recently constructed Villa Marie Winery in Maryville.
The informal reception at the Edwardsville Art Center will feature a silent auction with artwork donated by prominent local artists, include Dan Anderson, Caroline Bottom Anderson, Dennis DeToye, Genece Hamby, Jane Floyd Hendey, Jill Heupel, Faye Malench, Mike Mason and Michelle Strader. Proceeds will create scholarships for SIUE School of Education students for use during their student teaching or clinical semesters.
Tickets are $25. Event participants will receive a commemorative event wine glass and will have opportunities to sample wine from local vintners while viewing and bidding on artwork. To become an event sponsor or for more information about the event itself, contact Christi Donsbach by telephone: (618) 650-5043, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club has begun its 22nd year of twice-monthly meetings on first and third Tuesdays, September through May, from 6-8 p.m., in Room 2083, Building B, the East St. Louis Higher Education Center, 601 J. R.Thompson Drive. All writers, from beginners to professionals, are welcome. The late author, Henry Dumas (1934-1968), is the Club’s “patron saint.”
The EBR Writers Club, which offers year-round literary and cultural programming for the community and travels widely to present works by its members, released two new publications this year: Drumvoices Revue No. 16 and Eighty Moods of Maya & Other Photo-Poetic Moments from the EBR Collection. Both are co-published with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Founded in 1986 and named after East St. Louis Poet Laureate and SIUE Emeritus Professor Eugene B. Redmond, the EBR Writers Club trustees include Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Lena Weathers, Jerry Ward, and Avery Brooks. Trustees also serve on the editorial board of Drumvoices Revue. (Deceased trustees include Margaret Walker Alexander, Gwendolyn Brooks, Raymond Patterson, and Barbara Ann Teer.)
Notable among the Club’s achievements is the invention of the kwansaba, a 49-word poetic form developed in 1995, consisting of seven lines of seven words each, with each word containing between one and seven letters. Exceptions to the seven-letter rule are proper nouns and some foreign terms. Previous issues of Drumvoices have featured kwansabas for Katherine Dunham (2004), Amiri Baraka/Sonia Sanchez (2005), Jayne Cortez (2006), and Maya Angelou/Quincy Troupe (2007).
The current Drumvoices contains scores of kwansabas dedicated to Richard Wright (on the occasion of his centennial, 1908-2008) plus writings by Angelou, Dumas, Troupe and local authors such as EBR Club President Darlene Roy, Jason Braun, Takia Yates, Roscoe Crenshaw, Charlois Lumpkin, Jeffrey Skoblow, Patricia Merritt, Sherman Fowler, Michael Castro and Redmond. For more information about the EBR Writers Club, Drumvoices Revue or Eighty Moods of Maya, write the Department of English Language and Literature, Campus Box 1431, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431; or call (618) 650-3991; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; FAX, (618) 650-3509, or write EBRWC, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202-6165.
The Herbeck Twins, Ashley and Allie, both of Staunton (third and fourth from left, respectively, in photo below), recently won scholarships from the Staff Senate Scholarship Committee. They were presented certificates at a ceremony by Staff Senate President Brian Lotz (third from right). Also at the ceremony, from left, were SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift; Greg Herbeck, the twins' father and a plumber for SIUE Facilities Management; and, at far right, Past Staff Senate President Todd Bartholomew and Staff Senate Treasurer Jesse B. Harris Jr.
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The Staff Senate also awarded a scholarship recently to Chelsea Lesicko (second from right in photo below). In the photo from left are Chelsie's parents, Jeff, a carpenter for Facilities Management, and Donna, an accounts technician in Accounts Payable; SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift; Chelsie; and Staff Senate Treasurer Jesse B. Harris Jr.
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In addiion, the Staff Senate awarded a scholarship recently to Kara Rae Skogley (center of photo below) of Marine. Joining her during the presentation ceremony were SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift; Kara’s parents, Scott Heather and Kristine A. Heather, an event facilitator in the SIUE School of Nursing; Kara; Staff Senate President Brian Lotz; Staff Senate Past President Todd Bartholomew; and Staff Senate President Jesse B. Harris Jr.
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Also this summer a Staff Senate Scholarship was awarded to Kaitlyn Rausch, daughter of Frank and Patricia, who is an account technician in Administrative Accounting. In the photo shown below, Kaitlyn is joined at the presentation ceremony by (from left) SIUE Chancellor Vandegrift; the Rausches and Kaitlyn; Staff Senate President Brian Lotz; Past Staff Senate President Todd Bartholomew; and Staff Senate Treasurer Jesse B. Harris Jr.
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Since its inception in 1957 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has produced some 80,000 graduates who have earned more than 90,000 degrees, in turn achieving tremendous success in their careers. To honor their successes, the SIUE Alumni Association, along with the deans of the Schools and College of SIUE, have created the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame with honorees receiving a commemorative plaque that will be displayed in a prominent place within each of the alum’s respective Schools or College.
The inaugural class also will be recognized Oct. 10 at the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Dinner that begins with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Crystal Garden Banquet & Events Center, 1230 University Drive, Edwardsville. The dinner and awards presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 each or $360 for a table of eight. The ticket price includes the pre-dinner cocktail reception and cash bar; a served buffet dinner of parmesan chicken breast with mushroom gouda sauce, slice roast of beef au jus and baked ratatouille; as well as free parking.
The Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes and honors SIUE alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen field, in their communities and at SIUE. For more information, call the Alumni Affairs office, (618) 650-2762; click here visit the Web site to find the names of alumni to be honored.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Trombonists Jim Owens, a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Brett Stamps, director of the Jazz Studies program at SIUE, will perform a CD Release Concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature selections from the duo’s recently released Victoria Company recording, Bad To The Bone, featuring their special skills on the trombone.
As a professional musician Stamps has performed locally in ensembles including the Cornet Chop Suey, the Fox Theater Orchestra and the MUNY Orchestra, to name a few. Stamps also has performed with the U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors, the Stan Kenton Orchestra and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. He has directed both the Missouri and Illinois Honors All-State Jazz Bands, and remains active nationally as a clinician-arranger.
Owens, who is an SIU Carbondale and an SIUE graduate, currently performs with local band, Wild, Cool and Swingin. He also is a freelance trombonist and keyboardist with a variety of playing and recording styles. Other SIUE-affiliated musicians on the CD include percussion lecturer Miles Vandiver, bassist Zeb Briskovich, Jim Martin on lower brass, pianist Reggie Thomas and guitarist Rick Haydon, both SIUE music professors, and SIUE trombone student Cody Henry.
Concert admission is $10; high school and college students, $5. A $20 admission will include the concert and a copy of the CD. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900. The CD itself is also for sale through Stamps whose office is in Room 1103, Dunham Hall. He also can be contacted at (618) 650-2026, and through Webster Records Inc. in St. Louis.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students interested in exploring a world of possibilities through study abroad have until Oct. 1 to submit applications for most spring semester study abroad programs.
Students may participate in programs with exchange partner institutions in Spain, England, France and Germany, or attend classes at an approved host university, such as Salzburg College in Austria or Swansea University in Wales.
Students also may participate in programs in more than 30 countries through SIUE affiliated study abroad program providers, approved language immersion schools and the International Student Exchange Programs.
German major Laura Wiechert said her experience studying abroad at Heidelberg University changed her perspective on life. "My opportunity to travel Europe and study in Germany has truly given me an eye-opening experience," she said. "The world has become smaller in terms of technology, but it is a thrill to see and discover places that could easily be read about on the Internet.
"I met new people, saw new things and discovered a ton about myself personally in the process. Looking back to that day I was afraid to board the airplane in St. Louis, I have to laugh. Here I thought I would be missing out on my life by leaving, but I was really enhancing it and learning more than a semester in Edwardsville would have allowed."
General program costs, including tuition, room and board for a full semester, can range from $6,000 to $15,000, depending on several factors, including the program type and location. Most forms of financial aid, such as grants and loans, may be applied toward study abroad programs. Some financial aid packages may increase because of the anticipated additional costs associated with participation.
There also are a number of scholarships available specifically for study abroad.
To be eligible, students must have completed at least two semesters at SIUE at the time of departure; hold a 2.5 GPA or higher, and obtain approval from the Office of Study Abroad, as well as the appropriate academic advisor. Some programs require higher GPAs and are open only to juniors and seniors.
Students hoping to take part in study abroad opportunities may find more information on the Web site: www.siue.edu/studyabroad. Students interested in learning more may schedule a study abroad advisement appointment by visiting the Office of Study Abroad in the Morris University Center, Room 2053, or by calling (618) 650-2419.
The annual SIUE Study Abroad Fair is a great opportunity for students to gather information related to SIUE-approved study abroad programs, and to meet and talk with other students who have recently returned from trips. This year's fair will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22 in SIUE's Morris University Center.
(EDWARDSVILLE) Nonstop Rock will rock the block for late summer fun and entertainment as part of a celebration welcoming back Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students at the intersection of Second and St. Louis streets in downtown Edwardsville on Sept. 5.
SIUE students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to start the party at 6 p.m. with no admission charge. A DJ will play music from 6-8 p.m. and Nonstop Rock will play from 8 p.m. to closing with great rock-n-roll music for dancing.
Since its inception, the Block Party has been held on the first Friday of the first week of classes but this year that falls on Labor Day weekend; therefore, the Block Party Committee moved this year's celebration to Sept. 5.
"This is a great way for our new and returning students to become acquainted with the downtown Edwardsville business district," said Greg Conroy, SIUE's director of Public Affairs and one of the coordinators of the event. "There will be Edwardsville restaurants and shops with food and clothing booths at the block party to give students a taste of Edwardsville.
"In addition to activities for students, we'll have many inflatable games and activity booths for the entire family, so that everyone can join in the fun."
The Block Party has grown since it began in 2000, with some 3,000 people attending in 2006. The event was cancelled in 2007 due to inclement weather.
The event is sponsored by the city of Edwardsville, SIUE, the SIUE Campus Activities Board and Student Government, the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, J. F. Electric, the Edwardsville Intelligencer, SIUE Marketing and Communications, SIUE University Relations and National City Bank.
Editors: Photos are available from previous Block Parties. Photo 1, Edwardsville City Administrator and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift talk during the celebration. Photo 2, An SIUE student guides a child's hand into a tub of warm wax at the Wax Hands exhibit. The wax-covered hand is then cooled and results in the creation of a shell of the participant's hand. Photo 3, SIUE students and community members enjoy live music and activities at the Block Party each year.
(EDWARDSVILLE, ILL.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and area merchants are preparing to welcome back some 13,500 students attending SIUE who will begin returning to campus Friday, Aug. 22.
Cougar Welcome 2008 activities will kick off with students moving in to residence halls and apartments and will end Friday, Sept. 5 with the annual Block Party in downtown Edwardsville from 6 p.m. to midnight.
"We've expanded our welcoming opportunities so that students will have even more time to transition back to school," said Cheryl Heard, assistant director of SIUE's Kimmel Leadership Center. "Activities are designed to greet new and returning students to SIUE and to promote an atmosphere of welcome and involvement."
A business fair will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a special invitation is extended to the University community to join SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur for an Ice Cream Social featuring complementary ice cream from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Goshen Lounge on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.
"Cougar Welcome will be filled with lots of other fun and exciting events and activities such as free food, games, contests, prizes and free T-shirts," she said.
The 15th annual showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show will take place from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.
SIUE Admissions and Academic Marketing staff will venture out into the community to distribute "Welcome SIUE Students" signs to businesses in the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area.
"It's such a pleasure to work with the community to welcome new and returning students to campus," said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of SIUE Academic Marketing Services. "It must be a great feeling for SIUE students to walk or drive through the major arteries of town and find the Welcome SIUE Students signs in practically every window.
Bollinger said the Admissions office and Academic Marketing work hard throughout the year to meet, recruit and engage students to choose SIUE. "We try to throw out the red carpet for students to help them know SIUE and the surrounding community is their home away from home."
A listing of Cougar Welcome activities is available at http://events.siue.edu/siuevents.
Click here for photo: at left is Landi Skenderi, owner of Fiona’s Diner in downtown Edwardsville; at right is Jeff Chitwood, an SIUE admissions counselor, who is presenting Skenderi with a Welcome SIUE Students sign to place in the diner’s window. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)