·SIUE Alumna To Sign Her New Book At SIUE Bookstore Oct. 8
·Project By SIUE Students Puts Internet Users In Control Of Their Universe
·SIUE Asst. Sociology Professor's New Book Receives Positive Review
·Maya Angelou To Read From Work For SIUE’s Arts & Issues Series
·All Undergraduate Engineering Degree Programs At SIUE Are Reaccredited
·SIUE’s 32nd Coffee Concerts Season Moves To New Venue Oct. 12
·‘Unleash Your Wild Side’ At SIUE Homecoming 2009, Oct. 9-10
·Podcast Produced By SIUE Students, Faculty Member Wins Nat'l Award
·Season For The Child Opens Its 2009-10 Season With Cinder bottom
·SIUE School of Pharmacy To Host Pain, Palliative Care Summit Oct. 1-2
·ISAC MAP Public Hearing At SIUE Draws Student Support
·N.J. Hartlieb Named Employee Of The Month For September
·Dedication Of New SIUE Student Activity Center Extension; Adds 35,000 Square Feet
·Photographic Exhibit About Author-Poet Angelou Opens Sept. 21 At SIUE
·Poco To Kick Off Silver Anniversary Of Arts & Issues At SIUE
·MAP Public Hearing Set To Take Place At SIUE
·International Trade Center To Conduct Seminars At SIUE, SIUC
·BOT Awards $258K In Contracts To Create SDM Testing Facility
·Singer Erin Bode To Appear At SIUE Oct. 25; Price Break By Sept. 25
·Fall Enrollment Largest In History; Also Record Freshman Class
·Premier Oregon Latino Theater Group To Perform Eco-Drama At SIUE
·Meet The New Faculty
·Coalition of Illinois College Presidents Meets with Governor Pat Quinn
·SIUE Chapter Of National Honor Society Chosen For National Recognition
·SIUE Professor Is President-Elect Of American School Health Association
·SIUE Dean Publishes New Book Cave Biology: Life In Darkness
·SIUE Among Military Friendly Schools Listed In Post 9/11 GI Bill Era
·Illinois Arts Council Honors SIUE Asst. Professor With Two Literary Awards
·AI Kicks Off Silver Anniversary With Legendary Group, Poco
·Area Residents Inducted Into Alumni Hall of Fame At SIUE
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Bookstore is playing host to a book signing and discussion from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, for SIUE alumna Cheryl Jett, who recently released her new book, Edwardsville, of vintage Edwardsville postcards. Jett, who received both a bachelor’s and a master’s in history, is an author and historian with special interests in Illinois history, New Mexico history and women’s social history.
Jett’s latest book is her second for Arcadia Publishing that specializes in regional histories. Her first book for Arcadia was Alton, part of the Images of America Series. Both of Jett’s books will be available at the SIUE Bookstore event at a discounted price. The event is free and open to the public.
The city of Edwardsville, named for territorial governor Ninian Edwards, began as a frontier fort and gateway to settlers. It became the seat of law and government for Madison County, which at that time encompassed much of the Illinois Territory. The town was incorporated shortly after Illinois became a state in 1818. Readers of Edwardsville are given a nostalgic view of the town a hundred years ago with a stroll down Main Street, a walk through City Park, and a glimpse of the week-long Madison County Centennial celebration through the images preserved in early picture postcards of Edwardsville. Jett has collected these images from multiple private collections for the book and provides a narrative that brings to life these snapshot histories.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students have made it possible for visitors of a popular website to choreograph tours of the Universe.
Software written by SIUE School of Engineering juniors Jarod Luebbert and Mark Sands, gives nearly 250,000 users of Galaxy Zoo the chance to fly through Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope from galaxy to galaxy.
Galaxy Zoo (www.galaxyzoo.org) invites anyone with an internet connection to help astronomers explore the Universe. The site's visitors are asked to classify galaxies drawn from the robotic Sloan Digital Sky Survey, dividing those with beautiful spiral arms from the rest. With more than 100 million classifications received to date, many users have built up stunning personal collections.
Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is an interactive virtual observatory that allows users to browse the results from some of the world's best telescopes, including the 1 million galaxies of the Sloan survey. The WWT team identifies galaxies as elliptical and spiral. Individuals have been able to use Galaxy Zoo to make these classifications.
"We were able to take their data, along with the Sloan color data, and create a whole bunch of different templates of which we had the sizes of the galaxy correct, the shape of the galaxy correct, the color of the galaxy correct, and its position in the sky correct," said Jonathan Fay of Microsoft Research.
Helping to provide a more accurate vision of the sky for all WWT users, the SIUE team hoped to provide Galaxy Zoo users with something special, said Luebbert, noting the students' intent is to encourage people to learn something new and have fun doing it.
"One of the greatest parts of working with Galaxy Zoo is stumbling across a gem of a galaxy-a system so beautiful that the hope of finding another keeps a person clicking all night," said Pamela Gay, a research lecturer in the SIUE Department of Physics and the students' academic advisor. "I'm extremely proud of Jarod and Mark. Working with Microsoft Research, they've made it possible for all of us to inflict our favorite galaxies on everyone in our lives."
This project would not have been possible without the help of Microsoft Research and the collaboration of the Microsoft staff with the students at SIUE, said Sands, adding: "Microsoft was very gracious to work with us. They provided us the tools we needed to allow users to explore their favorite Galaxy Zoo discoveries through a WorldWide Telescope tour."
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A new book by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Assistant Professor of Sociology Lisa Welch analyzes scholarly discussions about persistent poverty, social welfare policies and the efficacy of traditional theories of political economy.
"What Welfare Reform Says About the United States of America: Values, Government Bureaucracy, and the Expansion of the Working Poor," Welch's publication, examines "work-first" Welfare-to-Work grants in a state that provides generous subsidies to low-income workers.
"The results of Prof. Welch's research make it quite clear that there are no easy policy solutions to this problem of integrating the underclass as there are deep structural factors behind its persistence…In short, the results of Prof. Welch's research suggest that it is only within such a political and theoretical framework that positive movement on the problem of the underclass will be realized," said Prof. Paget Henry from Brown University, one of the book's reviewers.
Welch is the graduate program director of the sociology program at SIUE.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Hailed as one of the premier voices of contemporary poetry, Maya Angelou will read from her work Oct. 4 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as part of SIUE’s Arts & Issues series, continuing its 25th anniversary season. Ms. Angelou—renowned poet, author, dancer and activist—will speak at 2 p.m. that Sunday in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center.
For a quarter of a century, SIUE’s Arts & Issues series has brought great performers and distinguished speakers to Southwestern Illinois. “Maya Angelou is a Renaissance woman with many facets,” says Grant Andree, coordinator of the series. “She has been a bright literary light to the world as well as a civil rights activist and historian,” he said. Angelou is considered a legend, imparting wisdom to audiences who continue to enjoy the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics. Andree said there’s a rhythm to her poetry and an elegance in her prose. “This is why Dr. Angelou connects with those she meets,” he said. Among her many honors are three Grammy Awards and nominations for a Tony Award, an Emmy Award and the Pulitzer Prize. “We are honored to have her on the Arts & Issues stage.”
A native of St. Louis, Ms. Angelou alternated living with her mother and her grandmother in Arkansas during her formative years; at age eight she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, who was then killed by her uncles. The events caused the young Angelou to become mute for six years. During her teens and early 20s, she spent time as a dancer, “filled with isolation and experimentation.” At age 16, Angelou gave birth to a son, Guy, after which she toured Europe and Africa in a production of the musical Porgy and Bess. She returned to New York City in 1960 and joined the Harlem Writers Guild, turning civil rights activist. Angelou became more serious about writing and her activism during a stint in Ghana as an editor of the African Review.
Ms. Angelou’s five-volume autobiography began with the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House, 1969). The memoirs chronicle the first 17 years of the author’s life, meeting critical acclaim and popular success. Later, others were published: All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986), My Painted House, and My Friendly Chicken and Me (1994). She also has published several volumes of verse including And Still I Rise (1987), and the Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1995). Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die (1971) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 1993, Ms. Angelou read her poem, On the Pulse of the Morning, at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration. She was the first poet to speak at a presidential inauguration since Robert Frost spoke at John F. Kennedy's. In addition to a weekly satellite radio show, Ms. Angelou teaches at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where she has a lifetime appointment as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies.
Tickets for Maya Angelou are $27; SIUE students, $13; SIUE employees and retirees, as well as senior citizens, $25. Ticket information, subscription rates and ticket sales are available on the Web site: artsandissues.com or by calling (618) 650-5774. In addition, an Arts & Issues season brochure is available at several locations throughout the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area, or by calling (618) 650-5194.
Click here for a photo suitable for print. Other appearances during the milestone Arts & Issues season will include:
Autumn’s Child featuring Mark Holland—Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom—St. Louisan Mark Holland and his Autumn’s Child have created a special night of music just for the Arts & Issues audience. The group will perform a unique hybrid of world music, jazz, classical and folk music—all referred to by Mark as “Global Chamber Music”-which also features the haunting beauty of his Native American flute.
Carpe Diem Quartet and Peter Soave-“The Music of Aldemaro Romero”-Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Dunham Hall Theater (LIMITED SEATING)—The Grammy Award-nominated Carpe Diem String Quartet, a musical group that has captured the imagination of audiences around the world, and internationally acclaimed bandoneon and concert accordionist Peter Soave will perform the music of the late Aldemaro Romero, who was an international recording star with RCA Victor and one of the foremost Latin music orchestra leaders in the world.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) All of the bachelor degree programs in the School of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville were reaccredited recently by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) Inc., by ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) and by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
The EAC’s reaccreditation covered degree programs in civil, electrical, computer, industrial, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. ABET is the recognized accrediting agency of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education. Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim says he’s proud to be among the engineering schools approved by ABET and ACCE. “Accreditation is a strong testimony to the excellence of our programs in the SIUE School of Engineering,” Sevim said.
Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive periodic evaluations. The evaluations—conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe, and private practice within the ABET disciplines—focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support as well as other important areas. One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates; assess success at reaching those goals; and improve programs based on assessment results. In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates who are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants.
The CAC reaccredited the School’s Computer Science program, while the School’s construction management program is reaccredited by the ACCE.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music will launch its 32nd season of the Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series in a new venue after performing in SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom since the beginning of the series. The new season begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in the John C. Abbott Auditorium on the lower level of SIUE’s Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library. The move was made to enjoy the concerts series in “a better acoustical setting.”
The evening will consist of performances by music faculty and guest musicians, as well as coffee, desserts and conversation. Rather than during an intermission, however, the new series will feature the refreshment part of the evening as a “meet the musicians” dessert buffet in an adjoining lobby after each concert.
The Oct. 12 event will include operatic arias as well as Beethoven’ Sonata in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3, for Piano and Violin and the Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Piano by Saint-Saëns, all featuring SIUE department faculty including soprano Emily Truckenbrod, flutist Shelly Monier, tenor Marc Schapman, clarinetist James “Mac” Hinson, trumpeter John Korak, violinist Lenora Anop and pianist Linda Perry.
Tickets per concert are $10; senior citizens and students, $7; and SIUE students, with valid ID, no admission charge. 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 Alumni Association is putting out the call for SIUE alums to attend Homecoming 2009 on Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10, with its theme of Cougar Pride: Unleash Your Wild Side. “Homecoming is a great way to stay involved with SIUE, and enjoy what is taking place around campus,” says Steve Jankowski, director of SIUE Alumni Affairs. “We are encouraging all alumni to come back to SIUE and participate in the exciting events here on campus.”
Friday’s events will include the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off, the Alumni Zone hospitality tent, and the SIUE men’s soccer game vs. Alabama A&M. Saturday’s event includes the SIUE Club Volleyball alumni game, the SIUE Club Baseball alumni game, Reunion Row, the SIUE Club Football game vs. the University of New Orleans, and the SIUE Hockey Club alumni game. The weekend will conclude with the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Banquet from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the N.O. Nelson Center in Edwardsville. A complete schedule of events and more information may be found at the Web site: www.siue.edu/alumni, or by calling (618) 650-2762.
“We’d also like to thank the members of the 2009 Alumni Homecoming Committee,” Jankowski said. “Their creative planning will make this a great weekend.” They are:
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A podcast produced at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville—365 Days of Astronomy (365DoA)—has won the Parsec Award for Best Infotainment Podcast. 365DoA brings together the voices of astronomers and astronomy lovers from around the globe. The award was given at the Dragon*Con convention recently in Atlanta, Ga. Musician and podcaster George Hrab, composer of the show’s theme song, accepted the award for the 365 DoA team. The SIUE entry was one of five finalists for this award, with 50 shows receiving nominations.
365 DoA is an official podcast of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). “The podcast celebrates the IYA2009 with a truly unique concept,” says Preston Gibson, the show’s producer and an alumnus of SIUE. It represents an entire year of daily, user-submitted episodes. “The astronomy community is committed to teaching and outreach, and their new media approach is light years ahead,” Gibson said. “As a media producer, this is a fun, challenging environment. I’m honored to be part of it.”
According to Pamela Gay, an SIUE lecturer in the Department of Physics and co-chair of the IYA2009 New Media Task Group, 365DoA is a testament to what a group of people can accomplish when they follow both their hearts and their heads. “The project has been a true community effort, with a team of students and volunteers producing the show,” she said. “Our audio comes from the entire astronomy community—professionals, amateurs, and people who just love the science. This award literally goes to a cast of hundreds. I am honored to get to be a part of the team producing this show.” This was 365 DoA's first year and first nomination for the national award. In both 2007 and 2008, the SIUE co-produced Astronomy Cast podcast has been a finalist for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards,” she pointed out. “IYA2009 is a global celebration of the myriad achievements and broad societal impact of astronomy in the 400 years since Galileo first used a telescope to make scientific observations of the Sun and the nighttime sky.”
The Parsec Awards were established in 2006 by Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga, and Tracy Hickman to celebrate speculative fiction podcasting. Podcast shows are nominated by fans, and finalists are chosen by an annually selected steering committee and an independent panel of judges selects winners. Awards are given in several categories, ranging from content to audio quality. The Awards are presented with the support of Farpoint Media in conjunction with Dragon*Con.
In addition to Gay, key contributors to 365 DoA from SIUE include graduate students Georgia Bracey and Kortney Hogan, as well as alumni Gibson. Other team members include: Nancy Atkinson, Davin Flateau, Michael Koppelman, Emily Lakdawalla, Stuart Lowe, Martin Ratcliffe, and Robert Simpson. The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is produced by the New Media Task Group of the IYA2009, which includes members at SIUE, with audio post-production by Gibson. Bandwidth is donated by libsyn.com and Wizzard Media. Web design is by Gibson. Podcasts may be reproduced and distributed for non-commercial purposes. For more on IYA2009’s dozen cornerstone projects and numerous other related activities, see www.astronomy2009.us and www.astronomy2009.org.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Season for the Child (SfC), the family-oriented live theater season sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) and TheBANK of Edwardsville, opens its 20th season with a delightful musical, Cinder bottom, based on the tried and true fairytale, Cinderella, on Saturday, Oct. 24. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. that Saturday in the theater in SIUE’s Katherine Dunham Hall.
The first FOTAD season premiered in 1990. SfC features professional theater troupes from St. Louis staging adaptations of various children’s stories, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience. Cinder bottom, to be performed by Piwacket Theater for Children, extols a message of kindness in the story about the young girl with the wicked stepmother and her equally wicked daughters. FOTAD, a support group for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, uses proceeds from the family theater series to help fund merit awards for talented SIUE theater and dance students. Each year, the organization awards some $5,000 in merit scholarships to qualified students. FOTAD also funds scholarships for new freshmen entering the theater and dance program.
The support organization also has an endowment to help fund the merit scholarship program. Those interested in donating to the endowment may contact Greg Conroy, (618) 692-0874. Subscription tickets are $16 for four shows, a $4 savings; if purchased by Oct. 1, the season tickets are $12, an $8 savings. Individual tickets are $5 and are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. The holiday production of the 2009-10 season is Bah! Humbug! at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is playing host to the Strategic Planning Summit for the Advancement of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 1-2, in SIUE’s Morris University Center. Coordinator Chris Herndon, an assistant professor in the School, said the summit has been developed to educate and discuss the concepts of pain and palliative care and how those concepts pertains to today’s professional pharmacist. “In order to facilitate change in a meaningful manner,” Herndon said, “we must focus education on this important part of practice during the pharmacist’s professional degree program, during post-graduate training such as residency and fellowship, as well as during a pharmacist’s professional career once out of training.
“This Summit is based on the National Pain and Palliative Care Summit held in 2003 at The Ohio State University,” he said. “It was then that a group of pharmacists with interest and/or expertise in pain and palliative care recommended that the next steps to effective change would be a profession-specific summit in which we, as pharmacists, could identify either the current short-comings in training and assessment, or focus on areas of success which could be mirrored.”
Herndon said recommendations that come out of this summit will lead to pharmacists putting what they’ve learned into practice. “I am urging these pharmacists to be as active as possible in disseminating these recommendations by taking part in grass-roots efforts that will ensue to spread these recommendations to other colleagues.” The Oct. 1-2 summit has been made possible through a grant from the Mayday Fund, a philanthropic foundation dedicated to helping those who suffer from pain and its associated symptoms.
The SIUE School of Pharmacy reached an important milestone earlier this year with its advancement to full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). ACPE is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy. The School has been called a national model for other new schools of pharmacy.
A recent public hearing to address cuts to the state's Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) funding this spring drew personal stories about the importance of the money from student perspectives.
About a dozen students offered public testimonies about the relevance of the funding in helping them achieve their goals of earning undergraduate degrees.
The public hearing was held prior to a meeting on campus of members of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC,) which is the group that administers the funding. ISAC recently launched saveillinoismapgrants.org, a Web site dedicated to educating the public, as well as the media and lawmakers, about the MAP program and the roughly 138,000 college students in Illinois who benefit from it.
Congratulations: Norma Jean Hartlieb, affectionately known as NJ or Mama CAS, is the September recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Hartlieb is receiving the award from Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher. In addition to the plaque she is holding, Hartlieb was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations, as well as parking close to her office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)
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Who: SIUE Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel, SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and SIUE Campus Recreation Director Mick Ostrander
What: Open house and dedication of the newly constructed SIUE Student Activity Center When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23
Where: SIUE Student Activity Center, immediately adjacent to the SIUE Student Fitness Center.
Join SIUE Campus Recreation in the Student Fitness Center for the grand opening of the Student Activity Center. Starting at 5:30 pm, the ceremony will include a ribbon cutting. At 6:15 p.m., the SIUE Cougar volleyball team will take on the Purple Aces from the University of Evansville. The remainder of the evening will offer giveaways, a Fred Shafer concert, and a show by the comedian/magician, Michael Kent.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) “Eighty Moods of Maya Angelou,” a photographic exhibit from Lovejoy Library’s Eugene B. Redmond Collection at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will focus on the poet, educator, performer, and best-selling author Maya Angelou. The exhibit will open at the library Monday, Sept. 21, and will run through the end of October.
The exhibit is a testament to the rich and enduring friendship between Ms. Angelou and Redmond, professor emeritus of English language and literature at SIUE, said Howard Rambsy II, an assistant professor of English language and literature and curator of the exhibit. “The photographs showcase Dr. Angelou socializing with fellow artists, performing poetry, celebrating achievements with friends and family, and entertaining guests at her home in North Carolina. The vibrant versatility of facial expressions, body language and hand motions that Dr. Angelou assumes in the photographs confirms Dr. Redmond’s notion about the 80-plus “moods of Maya.”
Redmond, who was in the vanguard of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, said he has had an enduring friendship with the author-poet. “My friendship with Maya will be 40 years old in 2010,” he said. “Maya always called me one of her special brothers. So, I’m excited because we have known each other four decades, and now we will share this ritual ground together again.”
Maya Angelou was born April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, spending part of her childhood there before moving to Stamps, Ark., where she endured the effects of racial discrimination but began developing a deep awareness of the value and values of black folk culture as well as African American artistic thought. Over the years, Ms. Angelou increased her interest in the arts, taking up dance, acting, singing, and creative writing. In 1970, her bestselling autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published; since then she has authored dozens of other celebrated books. “Lovejoy Library’s Eugene B. Redmond Collection is one of the greatest post-civil rights collections of African American culture ever assembled,” Rambsy said. “It contains hundreds of books, magazines, rare program booklets and flyers, audio recordings and historic posters.” The collection also contains more than 150,000 photographs of literary artists, musicians, entertainers, supporters of the arts and political activists, which Redmond himself has taken over the past four decades.
Speaking about the collection, Redmond points out that SIUE is a fitting place for his work to reside because the University has always been his home, first as a student and then many years later as a faculty member. “While I had offers from other places across the country, I felt SIUE should be the place where my papers and, as the Chancellor says, the place where my legacy should rest,” Redmond said. “I’m excited my collection is here at SIUE because I’m homegrown, a homegrown kind of guy.” Author, literary historian, and arts organizer, Eugene B. Redmond was named poet laureate of East St. Louis in 1976, the same year that Doubleday published his critical history, Drum voices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry. He also is founder of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club in East St. Louis.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Country rock fans are in for a real treat at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sept. 26 when the band that started it all hits the Arts & Issues stage to kick off the series’ 25th anniversary season. Poco, credited with starting the country rock phenomenon, will perform at 7:30 p.m. that Saturday in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center. The SIUE Credit Union is sponsoring Poco’s appearance. The official media sponsor for Arts & Issues is the Edwardsville Intelligencer, while the series official hotel sponsor is Hampton Inn and Suites.
For a quarter of a century, SIUE’s Arts & Issues series has brought great performers and distinguished speakers to Southwestern Illinois. “We couldn’t be happier to have Poco here to start our next 25 years,” said Grant Andree, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. “Not only are they a return act from the legendary Mississippi River Festival but Poco also returns on the 40th anniversary of the inaugural season of the MRF, which played for 12 summers from 1969-1980. “It will be a special night—for Poco fans and for those who have very fond memories of the MRF.” When Poco takes the stage Sept. 26, the memories of summer concerts at the Mississippi River Festival will return as the group marks its fourth visit to campus-appearing at the MRF in 1975 and 1979, and also playing the MRF pre-season festival in 1972.
Richie Furay and Jim Messina formed Poco after the break-up of the popular Buffalo Springfield, which also included Stephen Stills and Neil Young who went on to forge their own musical legacies. Messina and Furay asked Rusty Young, the newest member of Buffalo Springfield, to join the newly formed group. Also added were bassist Randy Meisner and drummer George Grantham. Pickin’ Up The Pieces, the group’s first album, came out in 1968 and Meisner left the band a year later to play in Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. A few years after that, Meisner became a founding member of the Eagles and Jim Messina left in 1970 to team up with Kenny Loggins. But it was Poco’s blend of harmonies and instruments of country music along with rock-n-roll rhythms that paved the way for the country rock supergroups. Enthusiasts of the genre agree that Poco sparked a musical phenomenon that can still be heard in many groups today.
Throughout years of personnel changes, Poco continued to record albums, releasing Legend in 1978 which produced one of their signature songs, Crazy Love, in turn becoming a crossover hit on the rock and country charts. In 1990, the original members reunited to record the album Legacy in 1990, which produced the Top 40 hit, Nothin’ To Hide. Poco is led today by early members Rusty Young, Paul Cotton and Jack Sundrud, along with drummer George Lawrence, who continue to do about 100 concerts annually. Last year, the group marked its 40th anniversary.
Tickets for Poco are $27; SIUE students, $13; SIUE employees and retirees, as well as all senior citizens, $25. Ticket information, subscription rates and ticket sales are available through the Web site: artsandissues.com. In addition, an Arts & Issues season brochure is available 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 2009-10 season. For additional information about the series, call Grant Andree, (618) 650-2626.
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Other appearances during the milestone season will include:
Maya Angelou Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. Meridian Ballroom
Sponsored by the SIUE Graduate School and the SIUE Foundation
Hailed as one of the premier voices of contemporary poetry, Maya Angelou also is considered a remarkable Renaissance woman with many facets—within the rhythm of her poetry and the elegance of her prose lies Dr. Angelou’s unique power to connect with those she meets.
Autumn's Child featuring Mark Holland-Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom
St. Louisan Mark Holland and his Autumn’s Child have created a special night of music just for the Arts & Issues audience. The group will perform a unique hybrid of world music, jazz, classical and folk music—all referred to by Mark as “Global Chamber Music”—which also features the haunting beauty of his Native American flute.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A public hearing to address cuts to the state's Monetary Assistance Program funding this spring will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The public hearing will take place during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC.) Students, parents, community organizations and higher education leaders are welcome to participate in the meeting and provide public testimony.
"This is one of the most important things students can do to be a part of the political process," said ISAC Executive Director Andrew Davis. "Since Commission meetings become part of public record, people need to come and have their voices' heard. Help us help you get funding restored for this important need-based financial aid program. "Educating the public, as well as the media and lawmakers, about the MAP program and the roughly 138,000 college students in Illinois who benefit from it. “The site contains facts about the program's recipients, how awards are distributed and most importantly, how people can contact their elected officials to avert a potential disaster for postsecondary education and Illinois' future competitiveness in the global economy," Davis said.
ISAC provides students of all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to obtain financial aid for higher education. A state agency, it has paved the path to post-secondary education with innovative programs for more than 50 years. Last year, the organization continued its mission to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois students by issuing 186,000 grants and scholarships worth nearly $431 million. The Commission provides educational funding with student loans, as a loan guarantor and through numerous public programs, such as the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Illinois Veteran Grant and College Illinois!® 529 prepaid college tuition program.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s International Trade Center (ITC) will present two sessions-at SIUE and then at SIU Carbondale, of a seminar that will help area businesses and lenders take full advantage of export lending and credit protection programs from the U.S. Government. “Illinois Export Finance” will be presented on the SIUE campus from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Hickory-Hackberry Room, on the second floor of the Morris University Center, and on the SIUC campus from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center. Registration begins 30 minutes before each session.
The SIUE session includes lunch and a networking reception, while the SIUC session includes a continental breakfast and a networking lunch. Admission is $65 before Sept. 23 and $75 after that date. Admission includes meals, parking and handout materials. Space is limited. Representatives from Associated Bank, the Small Business Administration and the Export-Import Bank will make presentations. All speakers will be available for one-on-one meetings during the program. Appointments will be arranged on a first-come-first-served basis.
• Associated Bank, through its International Banking Division, has a team of experienced professionals who provide technical support and fast, accurate service to small and medium-sized businesses so they can enter foreign markets with confidence and security. Whether they are venturing into international channels for the first time or looking for a new partner to handle their existing international transactions. www.associatedbank.com.
• The SBA offers export loan programs to assist existing and potential exporters. All of SBA’s export loan programs work in conjunction with participating banks. The SBA guaranty provides the bank with a credit enhancement to make loans on terms and conditions that would otherwise be unavailable. www.sba.gov.
• The Export-Import Bank has consistently minimized export risk and filled financing gaps for U.S. exporters. For over seventy years, they have supported more than $400 billion in U.S. exports. www.exim.gov.
Businesses new to export will benefit as well as those looking to update their financing and credit methods. The seminar fee includes meals, refreshments, parking and all handout materials. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at SIUE, (618) 650-3851, or, (618) 650-2452, or by e-mail: International-Trade-Center@siue.edu.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today awarded $258,800 in contracts to three Illinois companies for renovation of unused space into a student examination facility at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton. The action was taken today at the board’s meeting conducted this month at SIU Edwardsville. The renovation—to be funded through a $500,000 grant from the Illinois Capital Development Board and SIUE Operating Funds—will create a new area for students to take examinations within a 3,300-square-foot space in the basement of the School’s Science Building. The board approved the project at its July meeting.
The companies awarded the contracts are:
o Plocher Construction Co., Highland, $112,900, for general contracting
o Pointer Electric, Jerseyville, $49,950, for electrical work
o Hock Mechanical Inc., $95,950, for ventilation work.
Renovation will include: removal of existing casework, plumbing, furniture and equipment; removal and replacement of existing floor; removal of asbestos; renovation of the HVAC system; and installation of furniture and equipment.
In other business, the board also approved removal of 60 parking spaces to make room for the construction of the new Science Building. The action is needed because the spaces are considered an asset within the Revenue Bond System and the board must approve removal. Funding for the removal is included in the $78.9 million Science Building appropriation contained in the recent Capital Development Board bill signed by Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn. The board also gave planning approval to two projects at SIUE: installation of fractionation equipment at the National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Center [fractionation is the process of separating corn germ (oil) from corn bran (corn kernel fiber)] and phase one of a window replacement project for four buildings: Peck Hall, Rendleman Hall, Founders Hall and Alumni Hall. The project will improve energy efficiency.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Erin Bode, a St. Louis-based jazz singer who has gained international attention for her style which serves up equal portions of “sophistication and class,” will appear Oct. 25 at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Music annual jazz gala. “An Evening with Erin Bode” will feature the singer and her band from 7:30-9:30 p.m. that Sunday in the theater of SIUE’s Dunham Hall. Tickets are $35; if purchased by Sept. 25, tickets are $30. For an additional $15, concert-goers can attend a champagne reception with Ms. Bode before the event and will have special reserved seating during the concert. Reservation seating is limited. Desserts and beverages will be available for purchase at concert intermission.
According to Ms. Bode’s Web site, her “talent and appeal have been lauded in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Jazz Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and many other major publications.” The Erin Bode Group has performed nationwide at venues such as Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., Zanzibar Blue and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, and at Sweet Rhythm and Joe’s Pub in New York. They have played three European tours, as well as a stint at the Cotton Club in Tokyo. Erin has opened for Jamie Cullum, Michael Buble, Chris Botti and a host of other high profile musicians.
The price of a ticket includes a $20 gift to the SIUE Friends of Music, which may be considered a tax deductible contribution. The Friends of Music is a volunteer organization that supports the SIUE Department of Music. Proceeds help build the Friends of Music Endowment and Scholarship Funds for talented SIUE music students. 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.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has reached the largest overall enrollment in the history of the school at 13,940, breaking the previous high of 13,700 recorded in 1970. The record enrollment numbers were released today on the heels of U.S.News & World Report ranking SIUE as one of the “Top Up-And-Coming Schools” in the nation, fifth among Midwest master’s granting institutions and among 77 schools from all degree categories throughout the country. In the “Top Up-And-Coming Schools” category, SIUE was cited in U.S. News by its peers and reported as an “up and coming school firmly focused on improving the job they’re doing today.” All the rankings are in the magazine’s Best Colleges of 2010 issue that hit newsstands last month.
SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson released the fall numbers, which include undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The new freshman class of 1,940 is up from 1,922, representing the largest group of new freshmen ever. The figures represent the fifth consecutive year of growth in new freshmen 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. He also noted “this national recognition from our peers and national associations strongly supports the commitment of SIUE to continuous quality improvement and academic innovation in all of our academic programs, and is a wonderful affirmation of the excellence of our faculty, staff and students.” For the fourth consecutive year, SIUE has been ranked among the Top 15 public universities in the Midwest-Master’s category. SIUE also continues to be ranked by U.S. News in the top one-third of all public and private Midwestern master’s level universities.
According to Scott Belobrajdic, SIUE’s assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, this is the second consecutive year of overall enrollment growth at the University including a 2 percent increase in returning undergraduates over last year and a 12 percent increase in graduate school enrollment. Applications to SIUE undergraduate and graduate school programs reached 15,373 this year. That is 16 percent more than last year and a 21 percent increase over fall 2007. “We believe we are seeing some early returns on increased undergraduate retention efforts and several graduate programs are seeing the benefits of very intentional program modifications,” Belobrajdic said. “Overall, the growth this year has been balanced but the growth in the graduate school has been impressive.”
“We worked very hard to control the growth of the freshman class this year,” he said. “Faced with an 18 percent surge in freshman applications the University had to stick to published deadlines and try to anticipate any possible negative enrollment impact from the economy,” Belobrajdic said. “We were inundated with a record number of federal financial aid applications for new and returning students so we knew interest in SIUE was high, but we did not know how the economy would factor into the enrollment picture.”
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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Oregon’s premier Latino theater group, Teatro Milagro, will perform El Ultimo at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Morris University Center. The play tells the story of Kalani, a timber man associated with a corporation that has acquired a small island off the coast of Chilean Patagonia. He is working to develop the island for sustainable logging. Upon arriving, he is attacked by Mapuche shamans as well as another individual claiming to “save” the Mapuches. The result is a culture clash.
At the edge of the world, the shamans, an eco feminist and the soul searching logger converge amidst a stand of trees where nature awaits its destiny as the power struggle of a culture, ecology and greed determines the future. The play asks what is gained and what is lost as these individuals attempt to reconcile their personal ideology with the future of the planet.
El Ultimo was written by two members of Teatro Milagro and is being presented at SIUE as part of a larger national tour. The event is part of Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information, call (618) 650-3510. The performance is being sponsored by the SIUE Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
During a new academic year, we not only welcome new and returning students, but we also enjoy meeting new faculty and staff. Below is a list of new faculty members with some bio information. If you click on their names, a photo will put a face with the name.
Marcelo Menna Barreto Azambuja, Assistant Professor, Department of Construction
Marcelo Azambuja received both a bachelor's and a master's from Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul in Brazil and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin earlier this year. Research areas include supply chain management, lean construction, strategic sourcing and construction productivity. His mission at SIUE is to "educate leaders and professionals in the construction field. These leaders should dominate/know primary concepts and practices, and how to implement them in the real world."
Jocelyn DeGroot Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Speech Communication
Jocelyn DeGroot Brown earned a bachelor's and a master's at South Dakota State University and a doctorate at Ohio University. Her area of research is computer-medical communication, interpersonal communication, and communicative issues of death and dying. She aims to "make class information applicable to the students' personal experiences and help the students recognize how classroom content applies to them."
Stacey Lynn Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature
Stacey Lynn Brown received a bachelor's from Emory University in Atlanta and an MFA from the University of Oregon. Her research area is poetry: the South, regionalism, dialect, case and cultural identity. Brown's teaching philosophy states, "My students and I are all engaged in a larger, ongoing dialogue between readers and writers, both on and off the page."
Aminata Cairo, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Aminata Cairo received a bachelor's from Berea College, a master's from Eastern Kentucky University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. Cairo's research interest is in community mental well being, refugees and mental health, the African Diaspora, and refugees and language services. Cairo resides in Edwardsville.
Xin Chen Assistant Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Xin Chen received a master's and a doctorate from Purdue University. His research is in systems engineering, supply networks/networks theory, operations research and information systems. Chen's teaching philosophy is: "enable students to learn effectively new knowledge in a systematic way and improve their abilities for self-learning and applying knowledge."
McKenzie Ferguson, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
McKenzie Ferguson earned a bachelor's at Carthage College and a Pharm.D. at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy . Her research interests include advancement of health literacy and patient safety and professional leadership for students, residents and preceptors. Ferguson resides in Columbia.
Lynnette Fields, Assistant Professor, Library and Information Services
Fields received a bachelor's from SIUE and a master's from the University of Missouri. Her research area is in next generation library catalogs, how cataloging can evolve to meet the changing needs of users. Fields lives in Collinsville.
Anne Boxberger Flaherty, Associate Professor, Political Science
Anne Flaherty earned a bachelor's at the University of Richmond and a master's at the University of Sydney as well a second master's from Duke University. Her doctorate also comes from Duke. Flaherty's research is in American politics, racial and ethnic politics and indigenous politics. Her mission statement reads: "I approach teaching as an honor and a challenge. I strive to introduce students to the political world around them, help them develop skills as critical and constructive citizens, and offer an open learning environment in which they can sharpen their own reasoning skills."
Joaquin Florido-Berrocal, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature
Joaquin Berrocal received a bachelor's from the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. His research is in contemporary Spanish literature, film and political theory. Berrocal's overarching goal in teaching is "to grant the students the capacity to acquire a knowledge set that they can analyze, elaborate and use as a base for future learning. As a way to reach this goal, I bring to my classes challenging activities, new technologies, and engaging discussions. I always create a comfortable work environment that takes into consideration all the student's necessities, and promotes an intensive and stimulating learning experience."
Olga Bezhanova, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature
Olga Bezhanova earned both a bachelor's and master's degrees at McGill University and a doctorate at Yale. Bezhanova, who resides in Edwardsville, specializes in Spanish literature.
Janice Frueh, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Janice Frueh received a bachelor's from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She went on to receive a Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University. Frueh's research is in chronic disease state management, practice-based education and student professional development.
Misty Lynn Gonzalez, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Misty Gonzalez comes to SIUE from Purdue University. where she earned a Pharm.D. Her residency was spent at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Gonzalez's research focuses on psychiatry. She aims to "communicate the fundamentals of psychopharmacology while serving as a role model for the empathetic approach toward caring for individuals challenged with mental illness."
Jeffrey Herrick, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Jeffrey Herrick received a bachelor's from Utica College of Syracuse University, a master's from James Madison University and a doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University. Herrick's research areas include adult and adolescent weight loss programming and obesity, pulmonary ventilation, Leptin and LRE. Herrick intends to develop competence with core concepts, the integration of core concepts into practice and abstract problem solving in clinical applications/ practice.
Andrea Hester, Assistant Professor, Computer Management and Information Systems
Andrea Hester comes to SIUE from the University of Colorado, where she earned a doctorate. She earned a bachelor's at Illinois State University and a master's at SIUE. Hester's research focuses on Knowledge Management Systems, "Wiki" technology, and social aspects in IS. Hester states: "My aim is to serve as a guide to my students both in and outside of the classroom not only in specific subject areas but also in life lessons."
Shrikant Jategaonkar, Assistant Professor, Economics and Finance
Shrikant Jategaonkar received a bachelor's from the Garware College of Commerce in India. He received a master's from SIUE and a doctorate from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on corporate finance, share repurchases and insider trading. Jategaonkar resides in Edwardsville.
Amie King, Assistant Professor, Special Education and Communication Disorders
Amie King earned both bachelor's and master's degrees at Saint Louis University. She anticipates completing a doctorate at the University of Illinois in December. King's research is concerned with augmentative and alternative communication as well as early childhood stuttering. King's philosophy is "to develop the ability of future speech-language pathologists to provide superior clinical services well grounded in research by using a variety of theoretical, clinical, and experiential resources."
Jessica Krim, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Jessica Krim comes to SIUE from Montana State University where she received a doctorate; she received a bachelor's from the University of Delaware and a master's from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Krim's research focuses on science teacher education and critical reflection. Her teaching philosophy statement reads: "In all teaching that I do-regardless of the age of the student-reflection, constructivism and inquiry learning, and teaching comprise the foundation of my philosophy. My career in education has instilled in me an appreciation for learner diversity, a love for the biological, environmental and earth sciences, and a respect for all students that I teach."
Ke (Ken) Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ken Li received a bachelor’s from Harbin Engineering University in Harbin, China, a master’s from South China University of Technology and a doctorate from Michigan Technological University. His research area is in micro and nano-mechanics, multi-scale materials modeling, fatigue, finite element analysis and composites. Li strives to “intrigue, inspire and enrich students with established and newly developed knowledge.”
Jennifer Logue, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Jennifer Logue received a bachelor’s from the University of Toronto and a master’s from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto. Her doctorate is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Logue’s research is in the philosophy of education, multicultural education and gender and women’s studies. She believes that the best teachers learn from their students.
Karen Lux, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Karen Lux earned a bachelor's at Northern Illinois University and a master's at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned a doctorate at the University of Georgia. Lux studies physical education teacher education, teacher socialization, marginality of physical education and PE teachers. Her teaching philosophy statement reads: "My objective as a teacher educator is to prepare future teachers to be not only great teachers but also to be leaders in the field of physical education as well as role models for their students and colleagues. I believe that good teachers possess advanced pedagogical skills and content knowledge; great teachers are those who have the skills and knowledge, with a delivery and interaction that inspires students and changes the lives of those around them."
Jeremy Main, Instructor, Public Administration and Policy Analysis
Jeremy Main received a bachelor's from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and a master's from Saint Louis University. He is completing a doctorate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Main's research focuses on community and economic development, metropolitan governance, local government, and poverty, inequality, and social welfare policy. Main is "committed to encouraging the dynamic interaction between knowledge, action, and reflection through my teaching and research. While student interest in the learning process will vary, my commitment to it will not. At the moments when educational idealism is confronted by student reality, my commitment is to engage and inspire rather than settle."
Jeff Manuel, Assistant Professor, Department of Historical Studies
Jeff Manuel earned a bachelor’ at Northwestern University, and a master’s and a doctorate at the University of Minnesota. Research areas include modern U. S. history, the history of industrial decline and deindustrialization, public history and oral history methodologies as well as recent political history, especially the history of modern conservatism. Manuel states: “My teaching philosophy combines a rigorous application of historical methods—including analyzing sources and producing well-written analysis based on those sources—with innovative publicly engaged pedagogy that encourages students to think creatively about how they can share knowledge with those outside the University.”
Gary Mayer, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Gary Mayer earned a doctorate at Arizona State University and a master's at SIUE. He earned a bachelor's t Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Scholarly interests include modeling and simulation, more specifically, model composition. Mayer's teaching philosophy is, "The purpose of university instruction is two-fold - provide students with knowledge and techniques for knowledge discovery."
Joseph Thadeus Meeks, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Joseph Meeks holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia, a master of science from Georgia Southern University; and a bachelor's from the University of Georgia. His research studies cognitive psychology and human memory. His teaching philosophy reads: "I believe in classroom interaction, allowing students to see connections with other subjects, applying experimental evidence and striving to bring students to their potential."
Suman Mishra, Instructor, Mass Media and Communications
Suman Mishra received a bachelor's from Benaras Hindu University and a master's from Michigan State University. Mishra has completed a doctorate at Temple University; her research includes advertising research, health communication, international advertising and women's health.
Sorin Nastasia, Assistant Professor, Speech Communications
Sorin Nastasia holds a doctorate from the University of North Dakota; a bachelor's and master's from the University of Bucharest. His scholarly interests are public relations and international/intercultural communication. Nastasia's philosophy in teaching is to encourage students to contribute to building bridges between cultures in today's global community.
Bill Neumann, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bill Neumann received his bachelor’s from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Research areas include medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry and chemical biology. He believes that “teachers are ultimately accountable to their students. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that enabling the dreams of students is more fun than reaching for my own (which I still do). Personally, I believe that research and teaching are inseparable entities. My teaching enriches my research and vice versa.’
Jennifer Niemerg, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Jennifer Niemerg earned a bachelor's and a Pharm.D. at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Her scholarly interests include medication therapy management, diabetes and cardiovascular risk reduction. Niemerg's teaching philosophy states, "I believe that students learn best in an environment in which they feel comfortable and can understand the relevance of what is being taught. Incorporating case-based exercises assists the student in applying key concepts to real life practice scenarios. I engage students in discussion by connecting the core curriculum to my experiences in pharmacy practice."
Sangsook Park, Assistant Professor, Art and Design
Sangsook Park holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois. She received a bachelor's from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, and a master's from the University of Washington-Seattle. Her research regards the impact of culture on children's development and learning. She believes that her "responsibility as a teacher is to provide activities and opportunities that students critically think and actively share, and the means to negotiate their ideas with each other."
Aisha Peay, Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Aisha Peay earned a bachelor's at Purdue University and a master’s and doctorate at Duke University. Her research areas include African American literature, American literature, women’s studies, race theory and political theory. Peay’s teaching philosophy is as follows, “I teach literary studies for the same reason I study it, and that is to communicate my devout reverence for the study of cultural productions to others. When I teach, I invite students to act as cultural translators of literary and filmic texts into critical language. I start from the position that what can be known about the use of cultural productions is available to all of us when we have adequate methodological tools and learn to wield them well, and that when we yield to the agency of doing a kind of intellectual ‘justice’ to the texts we read and view we transcend the limitations of the teacher-student relation. My ideal pedagogical aim is for students to discover their own authority, to be confident that they will know best what texts want to teach us when they understand the epistemic moment at which they enter the field of scholarly activity.”
Charles Poeschl, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Endodontics
Dr. Charles Poeschl received a bachelor’s from Saint Louis University and his DDS from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also received a certificate in advanced graduate studies in endodontics from Boston University. Dr. Poeschl makes his home in Alton.
Katherine Poole, Assistant Professor, Art and Design
Katherine Poole comes to SIUE from Rutgers University, where she earned a doctorate in art ?. She earned a bachelor's at Carleton College and a master's at American University. Her research area concerns the Italian Renaissance, specifically the patronage of the Medici grand dukes in the late 16th and 17th centuries. Poole's teaching philosophy states: "I would like to think that every student will leave my classroom with a new passion for art history. Regardless, they will possess an understanding of the importance and relevance of studying art history, both as a tool for examining diverse cultures and time periods, and as a path to a greater appreciation of their own world."
Alison Reeves, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Reeves earned a bachelor’s at SIUE, a master’s at SIU Carbondale and a doctorate at the University of Arizona. Reeves’ research focuses on indigenous and minority education, charter schools, professional development and social justice issues. Her teaching statement reads, “I foster student mastery of my discipline by teaching foundational concepts, fostering critical thinking skills, and promoting problem solving and research skills in a cooperative and interactive environment. I want students to walk away from my classes with knowledge of and appreciation for the discipline of education, confidence in their professional abilities, deep passion for society at large, and a desire to continue learning.”
Katrin Sjursen, Instructor, Historical Studies
Katrin Sjursen received a bachelor's from Hamilton College and a master's from Fordham University in The Bronx, N.Y. She received a doctorate from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Sjursen's research focuses on medieval history as it pertains to women, warfare and nobility. She believes that "teaching and learning are collaborative processes."
Rebecca Rozelle-Stone, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Rebecca Rozelle-Stone earned a master's and a doctorate at SIU Carbondale. She earned a bachelor's at Birmingham-Southern College. Rozelle-Stone's research areas include ethical theory, feminism, philosophy of religion, philosophy of education and contemporary social/political thought. Her teaching philosophy state:, "Above all, I want my teaching to foster attentiveness and patience, in coming to love the learning process itself-not just solutions, grades, degrees, and diplomas. I always strive to teach these virtues by example."
Matthew Schunke, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Matthew Schunke came to SIUE from Rice University where he earned a master's and a doctorate. He earned a bachelor's at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Schunke's research concerns the philosophy of religion. His teaching philosophy states: "I wish to develop students equipped with the tools to think for themselves. I aim to train students in the equally important tasks of raising and answering questions. To do this, I encourage students to engage texts with little or no introduction from me and, thus, to think for themselves. I then come alongside the students trying to help them explore what they find interesting in the text along with what I see as important for them to grasp."
Kathy Shafer, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Dental Medicine, Restorative Dentistry
Kathy Shafer received a DMD from the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Her philosophy is, “We were there once. Someone took us and showed us the way. Now it’s our turn to ‘pass it forward’—everything we can to the next generation.”
Andreas Stefik, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Andreas Stefik comes to the Department of Computer Science with a master's and a doctorate from Washington State University. He received a bachelor's from Central Washington University. Stefik's research focuses on the areas of human-computer interaction, programming languages/compilers, and disabilities research. Stefik resides in Edwardsville.
Emily Truekenbrod, Assistant Professor, Department of Music
Emily Truekenbrod joins the Department of Music as an assistant professor of voice with a master's and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. She earned a bachelor's at Northern Illinois University. Truekenbrod's research areas include vocal health-pedagogy and therapy, women in music, and 18th century composer, Johann Adolph Hasse. Her teaching philosophy states: "The ultimate goal of my studio is to help students learn to function independently of the teacher. They must eventually be able to choose and learn repertoire and work with confidence toward a final product. With this in mind, my job becomes one of not just teaching weekly lessons, but creating lifelong learners."
Carrie Vogler, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy
Carrie Vogler earned a Pharm.D. at Midwestern University. She joins SIUE as a clinical assistant professor for the School of Pharmacy. Her research interest is in internal medicine. Vogler's teaching philosophy is "to teach and inspire lifelong learners using active learning strategies and a team based approach to improve patient care."
Elizabeth Walton, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Elizabeth Walton earned a bachelor’s, master’s and a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Her research interest is in population assessment of turtle species, using geographic information science and systems (GISS) as well as remote sensing to model and analyze species distributions, human population impacts, natural resource management and wetland ecology. Her teaching philosophy states “Effective instructors must have a passion for the subject they teach and a desire to have others share and learn through that passion. As instructors, we entice our students to connect with the subject matter by providing a meaningful transition between textbook scientific applications and real-world situations. It’s only when we have the student’s interest and attention that we can persuade them to more fully engage the subject matter, and gain meaningful insights and learning.”
Fengxia Wang, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Fengxia Wang received a bachelor's from Beijing Institute of Machinery and a master's from Beijing Polytechnic University. She earned a doctorate at Purdue University. Wang resides in Edwardsville.
Ann Werner, Assistant Professor, Department of Construction
Ann Werner joined SIUE after completing her doctorate at the University of Illinois, a master's at Texas A&M and a bachelor's at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Her research involves construction materials, as well as communication and leadership issues in construction.
Message from the Coalition of Illinois College Presidents: College leaders representing Illinois public and private higher education conveyed an urgent message as they met with Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday: find a way to restore funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) for the upcoming spring semester and avert the very real possibility that thousands of Illinois' neediest college students will not be able to continue their education.
Presidents meeting with the Governor included: John Erwin, President of Illinois Central College in Peoria, representing the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents; Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J. President of Loyola University Chicago and Past Chairman of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities; Charles Middleton, President of Roosevelt University and Chairman of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities and John Peters, President of Northern Illinois University and the designated convener of the group of Illinois public university presidents.
The rare multi-sector alliance of higher education leaders is united in its support of the state's oldest need-based student aid program on behalf of all students, and advocated the restoration of $200 million for MAP for the remainder of the state fiscal year. The FY2010 state budget provided for only half of the necessary funding for the current academic year, leaving a devastating shortfall in MAP funding that would eliminate state funding for over 137,000 Illinois students, nearly half of whom have an annual family income of less than $20,000, as reported by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
"On behalf of the neediest students in Illinois, we urged the Governor to quickly find a way to restore the $200 million that has been cut from the Monetary Award Program (MAP)," said Middleton.
"The Governor clearly understood that this cut must be restored, and it must be restored this fall so that returning students can stay in school," according to Peters. "If these funds are not restored, we risk losing an entire generation of hard-working, low-income students. This issue cannot wait, as students enrolled for the fall semester are making decisions now about whether or not they can afford to return to school in January for the spring semester."
"In this economy, our state must recognize that student financial aid is a necessity, not only for traditional age students but for many displaced adults returning to college to upgrade their skills. The MAP grant is an investment in the neediest of Illinois students, and in the future health of Illinois' economy. I was encouraged to hear the Governor recognize this need in our meeting with him," said Erwin.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Honor Society in health education, has been selected to receive a chapter recognition award at the National Meeting of Eta Sigma Gamma in Denver in October.
The award is given based on chapter management activities, teaching, research and participation in service projects. SIUE's chapter coordinated a Madison County Youth Forum for high school youth, a Youth Leadership Conference, World AIDS Day activities and National Condom Week programs.
SIUE students in the chapter also assisted school districts with health fairs, as well as the Madison County Health Department and the Madison County AIDS Program in program initiatives.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Mal Goldsmith, professor of health education in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is president-elect of the American School Health Association (ASHA.)
Goldsmith will serve a one-year term as president-elect and then a two-year term as president. He has previously served on the association's board of directors and the executive committee. The organization has also awarded him a presidential citation and a distinguished service award.
The ASHA's mission is to protect and promote the health of children and youth by supporting coordinated school health programs as a foundation for school success.
Goldsmith recently finished a six-year term as chairperson on the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. He also has served as president of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honor Society.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Aldemaro Romero, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently published his new book, Cave Biology: Life in Darkness, through the Cambridge University Press, which is one of the world's most prestigious scientific publishers.
In the book, Romero challenges conventional wisdom regarding the science of cave biology, also known as biospeleology. Romero said that the work is a culmination of his 30 years of work in cave biology. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the topic and has published about 100 pieces on the subject.
Romero has conducted laboratory work and field studies in case in Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, and in the United States. He recently finished a study with his students on the southern cavefish of Arkansas and is working on a manuscript on a new species of the fish. His next manuscript to be published will be on cave fishes of China, which will be released later this year.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) G.I. Jobs, a publication from Victory Media, recently named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to its 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools.
According to a news release sent out by the publisher, the list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.
Based in Pittsburgh, the company publishes other military based magazines, including The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines. The company also annually announces national ratings in the following categories: Military Friendly Employers, Military Spouse Friendly Employers and Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.
The full list of institutions included as military friendly schools for 2010 is available at: militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfspr.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Adrian Matejka, assistant professor of English language and literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, received two 2009 Literary Awards recently through the Illinois Arts Council (IAC.)
Matejka's poems, "Tyndall Armory," published in Carbondale by Crab Orchard Review, and "Babel by Foot," published in Urbana by Ninth Letter, were selected by the IAC. The awards recognize the creative excellence of writers in the state of Illinois and promote the awareness of non-commercial publishing in the state.
"Mixology," the author's most recently published book, spent time on the Poetry Foundation's bestseller list.
(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The band credited with virtually starting the country rock phenomenon—Poco—will bring its special sound to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Arts & Issues series Sept. 26 to kick off AI’s Silver anniversary. The SIUE Credit Union is sponsoring Poco’s appearance. For a quarter of a century, SIUE’s Arts & Issues series has brought great performers and distinguished speakers to Southwestern Illinois.
Poco will play at 7:30 p.m. that Saturday in Meridian Ballroom on the first floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center. The official media sponsor for AI is the Edwardsville Intelligencer, while the series official hotel sponsor is Hampton Inn and Suites. Grant Andree, who took over as coordinator of the series in 2007, said he is honored to be a part of the Arts & Issues tradition at SIUE. “I have always admired the series,” said Andree, who had been with The Fabulous Fox Theatre and then the Fox Associates Foundation for some 13 years in St. Louis before coming to SIUE. “My predecessors did an amazing job of creating a fine program here at SIUE and I am proud to be part of it,” Andree said.
Richard Walker, who is now assistant vice chancellor for Administration with the University, was the series’ first full-time coordinator in 1986. After Walker moved to his current position in 2001, he was succeeded by John P. Peecher, who continued the series’ success but who left in 2006 for a position with the University of Chicago. Andree, who took over the reins in 2007, said he is continuing the Arts & Issues tradition and hopes to live up to the legacy left by those who came before him. “It’s been exciting so far and I’m sure it will continue that excitement for me as well as the audiences as we go forward.”
When Poco takes the stage Sept. 26, the memories of summer concerts at the Mississippi River Festival will return as the group marks its fourth visit to campus—appearing at the MRF in 1975 and 1979, and also playing the MRF pre-season festival in 1972. Not only will Poco help start the 25th anniversary season, but the date also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the MRF’s inaugural season. So, Sept. 26 promises to be an evening of musical and University nostalgia as Poco fans enjoy the music that influenced the beginnings of country rock. Other appearances during the milestone season will include:
Maya Angelou Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. Meridian Ballroom
Sponsored by the SIUE Graduate School and the SIUE Foundation
Hailed as one of the premier voices of contemporary poetry, Maya Angelou also is considered a remarkable Renaissance woman with many facets. Within the rhythm of her poetry and the elegance of her prose lies Dr. Angelou’s unique power to connect with those she meets.
Autumn's Child featuring Mark Holland-Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom
St. Louisan Mark Holland and his Autumn’s Child have created a special night of music just for the Arts & Issues audience. The group will perform a unique hybrid of world music, jazz, classical and folk music—all referred to by Mark as “Global Chamber Music”—which also features the haunting beauty of his Native American flute.
Carpe Diem Quartet and Peter Soave-"The Music of Aldemaro Romero"-Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Dunham Hall Theater (LIMITED SEATING)
The Grammy Award-nominated Carpe Diem String Quartet, a musical group that has captured the imagination of audiences around the world, and internationally acclaimed bandoneon and concert accordionist Peter Soave will perform the music of the late Aldemaro Romero, who was an international recording star with RCA Victor and one of the foremost Latin music orchestra leaders in the world . The composer's son, Aldemaro Romero Jr., is a biologist at SIUE and is the University's new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Steve Squyres-"Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet"—Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom
Sponsored by the Shaw Memorial Fund
“Spirit and Opportunity” have always been prominent in the life of Steve Squyres, best known as the face and voice of NASA’s mission to Mars including the pioneering and spectacular drive across the Red Planet’s surface by two high-tech robotic rovers. He will detail to the Arts & Issues audience how he turned what seemed like an improbable dream into a successful $800 million reality.
Malashock Dance-Thursday, April 1, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Dunham Hall Theater (LIMITED SEATING)
Dynamic, emotionally charged choreography executed by magnificently trained dancers are signatures of the Malashock Dance Co. The troupe’s repertoire includes more than 60 original works that have mesmerized audiences and epic works that have interpreted human struggles, with charming and intimate, often playful, pieces that convey the intricacies of relationships. Mike Mizerany, a product of the SIUE dance program, is the group’s associate artistic director.
Arts & Issues and the SIUE Jazz Festival Present
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Bill Hughes-Saturday, May 1, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center
The legendary big band jazz of the Count Basie Orchestra—the sound that helped the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett swing to an exciting beat—takes center stage for the Arts & Issues series. The group has won every musical award imaginable, including 17 Grammies, and has been named to every respected jazz poll in the world at least once. The appearance will be part of the SIUE Jazz Festival, presented by the Department of Music as a non-competitive, educational event celebrating the music that is America’s art form—jazz.
Arts & Issues and the SIUe Xfest present
UMO Ensemble—Saturday, May 15, 2010, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dunham Hall Theater (LIMITED SEATING)
As its mission, the UMO Ensemble is dedicated to “providing awe, challenge and inspiration” to theater audiences. The group will not disappoint as they take the Arts & Issues stage in Katherine Dunham Hall with their irreverent approach to Zen ... share the experience of the red nose monk clowns tackling ancient Buddhist, Zen and Sufi stories through mask, puppetry, live music and laughter, all performed by a dance troupe that offers physical theater, improvisation in movement, character and vocalizing. The ensemble’s appearance will be part of the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance’s SIUE Xfest: A Festival of Theatrical Experimentation.
For more information, be sure to pick up a copy of the new Arts & Issues season brochure available now to the public 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 2009-10 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.
EDITORS: Most of the 2009-10 Arts & Issues photos suitable for print are available at www.siue.edu/artsandissues/PhotoIndex.shtml.
(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. The SIUE Alumni Association, along with the deans of the Schools and the College of Arts and Sciences honor those successes through the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame with honorees receiving a plaque that will be displayed in a prominent place within each of the alum’s respective Schools or College.
The 2009 honorees 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. in the LeClaire Room of the N.O. Nelson Center, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville. The dinner and awards presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10. The 2009 honorees include:
o Fernando Aguirre ('80 BS)
o Karyn Molnar ('74 BS)
o Gordon Bush ('70 BA, '71 MS)
o Edna Patterson-Petty ('84 BFA, '88 MFA)
o William Plaschke ('80 BS)
o Rance Thomas ('73 MA)
o Dr. Larry Osborne ('82 DMD)
o Ann Beatty ('78 MA)
o Alberto Friedmann ('03 MSED)
o Mary Kay Guse ('88 BSE)
o James Heinz ('83 BS)
o Michele Brown ('90 MS)
o Edgar Curtis ('75 BS)
To learn more about the honorees, visit the Web site: www.siue.edu/alumni/halloffame09honorees.shtml. For more information about the event, call the Office of Alumni Affairs, (618) 650-2762.