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September 2011

Two SIUE Students Win Staff Senate Scholarships

30 September 2011, 2:35 pm

Congratulations: Mitchell Haas (center), a junior at SIUE, and Sarah Randle (third from right), a freshman at the University, both recently won scholarships from the Staff Senate Scholarship Committee. They were presented certificates at a ceremony by Staff Senate President Mike Hamil (second from left). in the photo, from left, are Staff Senate Treasurer Jesse B. Harris Jr.; Hamil; Staff Senate Scholarship Committee Chair Norris Manning; Mitchell's mother, Stacy, of Lovejoy Library; Mitchell; SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift; Sarah; Sarah's mother, Barb Randle, of the National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Center; and Sarah's father, Ken Randle, of Facilities Management. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

A Season For The Child Opens 2011-12 Season With Hansel And Gretel

29 September 2011, 8:53 am

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), TheBANK of Edwardsville and by a grant from the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation in St. Louis, opens its 23 rd season with the Brothers Grimm favorite Hansel and Gretel on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Performance of the popular fairytale will begin at 7 p.m. that Saturday in the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. The first FOTAD season, which premiered in 1990, features professional theater troupes from St. Louis staging adaptations of various children's stories, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience.

Hansel and Gretel, to be performed by Piwacket Theatre for Children, extols a message of bravery in this charming play that chronicles the adventures of our little hero and heroine who are lost in the woods but find someone who might not be trustworthy. Piwacket is in its 21 st season of captivating young audiences with cleverly adapted fairytales filled with catchy songs, dance, colorful costumes and magical props.

FOTAD, a support group for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, uses the proceeds from the 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 holds an endowment to help fund the merit scholarship program. Those interested in donating to the endowment may contact Greg Conroy, (618) 692-0874.

Tickets for the Oct. 22 performance are $5 per person and are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. The holiday production of the 2011-12 season is The Shoemaker and The Elves, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

SIUE Nursing's Regional Office Open House Set For Oct. 12 At SIUC

28 September 2011, 4:30 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing will offer an open house Oct. 12 at SIUE's Regional Nursing Program office located in the Student Health Center Auditorium on the campus of SIU Carbondale.

The open house-scheduled from 1-4 p.m. that Wednesday-will offer interested students and/or their families a chance to meet faculty and staff, and learn about the application process, the program itself and pre-requisites. A nursing academic advisor also will be available to answer questions.

In addition, the School's simulation lab will be open for tours. This teaching lab enables students to practice nursing skills in an environment that allows for mistakes - and correction of those mistakes - before they begin caring for patients in a clinical setting.

For more information, call (618) 453-3363 or by email:

SIUE Chancellor Vandegrift Announces Retirement after Successful Tenure at Annual Address to the University Community

28 September 2011, 4:29 pm

Telling the story of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's route to national recognition through its important achievements and milestones, SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift delivered his annual address today and ended it by announcing his intent to retire at the end of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Though many are surprised by this announcement, SIU President Dr. Glenn Poshard pointed out that Chancellor Vandegrift has accomplished much of what he was hired to do, including achieving national recognition for the University, moving Intercollegiate Athletics to NCAA Division I in the Ohio Valley Conference, and numerous construction and infrastructure projects improving the current campus climate and paving the way for the future at SIUE.

"Dr. Vandegrift was hired to take the University to a new level of excellence," Poshard noted. "The substantial progress SIUE has made toward achieving national recognition speaks to the success he has orchestrated during his tenure."

In addition to prestigious recognitions by U.S.News and World Report Best Colleges of 2012 listing SIUE as a top 15 master's comprehensive public institution in the Midwest region and one of 46 "up-and-coming" institutions in the entire country for innovative changes in academics, faculty, student life, campus and facilities, the University has gained national recognition through many rankings and acknowledgments-among them the 2011 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service; and a ranking among the Top 50 by Washington Monthly among 553 master's universities nationally.

The University will now embark on the difficult challenge of finding a new chancellor to continue the quest for excellence. Vandegrift indicated his retirement will be effective July 1. According to President Poshard, "The Office of the President will conduct a nationwide search for Dr. Vandegrift's successor; details will be released as they are available," he said.

"We are so grateful for his leadership and hard work over these past seven years. He will undoubtedly be missed, but we wish him and his family well in retirement."

Vandegrift thanked the SIUE community for their support. "To have been part of this great university, to not only have been afforded the benefit of appreciating all of its component parts, but to actually have been given the responsibility to affect change toward the realization of its vision for national recognition is something I would never have imagined possible earlier in my life."

Other highlights and challenges for the future from his address included:

"A University that has a bold vision for national recognition must also be a University that believes it can attain such recognition," Vandegrift said. "I've often said that our journey to national recognition would be realized not by seeking recognition for its own sake, but by doing the right things and doing them well. And doing the right things well has both enabled national recognition and catalyzed our advancement as a University."

The University achieved record enrollment for fall 2011 at 14,235 students, with an average ACT score of 22.4. He added that more students than ever have designated SIUE as a first-choice institution when making college plans.

SIUE again has won a spot among the Top 50 Awards from the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), in recognition of contributions to the region such as more than $250 million in infrastructure improvements in roads and buildings since 2004, and an economic impact that increased from $356 million per year in 2005 to $471 million per year in 2010, according to an economic impact study.

Other key initiatives in the journey toward national recognition have included developing the University's honors program to compete with the caliber of programs available at other metropolitan universities; adding more online courses and programs in order to foster different learning environments; introducing new bachelor's programs in health and human sciences, as well as in integrative studies; constructing a new nursing building to meet the School's growing enrollment demands, and continuing the institution's focus on performance-based funding and continuous improvement.

Vandegrift spoke about SIUE's first major gifts campaign, Defining Excellence-The Campaign for SIUE, and its success from its introduction in 2007 to the launch of the public phase last spring and into the present. Currently the University has received more than $29 million of its $50-million goal.

In closing, Vandegrift promised SIUE would continue being "a beacon for the region we serve, gaining national recognition for the excellence of our programs and the professional and community leaders we produce."

Graduate Programs Highlighted At SIUE Open House

28 September 2011, 3:40 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate School is hosting an open house Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge on campus from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. to help prospective students learn more about the personal and professional opportunities attainable with a graduate degree.

SIUE's Annual Graduate Programs Open House will give prospective students information about the 40 graduate programs offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing.

Faculty from all graduate programs will be present to answer questions. In addition, information about graduate admission requirements, including deadlines and necessary standardized tests, as well as graduate education financing options, graduate assistantships, competitive graduate awards and graduate scholar awards, will be available during the event.

"SIUE is an active research community where faculty members attain funded grants from major agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Health, NASA, the National Endowment for Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and many others," said Acting Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Jerry Weinberg. "Graduate students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research and creative projects, while gaining practical knowledge and practice in their chosen field."

According to U.S.News & World Report, SIUE has repeatedly been recognized in the top 20 public universities in the Midwest-Master's category. The ranking's overall scores are based on the academic preparedness of students, graduation rates, faculty characteristics and the reputation of SIUE in higher education.

"SIUE offers opportunities far beyond an undergraduate education," said Shelly Robinson, coordinator of graduate recruitment and the open house coordinator. "In addition to some of our more popular graduate programs, like the MBA and public administration, we offer some very specialized programs, such as art therapy counseling and a master's in marketing research, one of just a few in the nation.

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

Free parking is available in Lot B, next to the MUC. For more information, or to register, visit the Web site:

University Housing Staff Member Awarded Regional Recognition

27 September 2011, 7:00 pm

Vicky Dean, assistant director of Residence Life for Residential Education at SIUE, was awarded the regional National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Faculty/Staff Of The Month award for August. Dean was nominated by Zachary Sanderson, a University Housing resident assistant (RA). After being recognized as the campus winner, a second nomination was submitted regionally. The region includes campus winners from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The nomination will now be submitted at the national level.

The NRHH is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. NRHH supports monthly recognition of student staff, programs, professional staff, faculty and more through "Of The Month" (OTM) awards.

Sanderson's nomination focused on Dean's leadership among various academic initiatives within housing; involvement with Safe Zone, a campus organization; and overall dedication to the department throughout the month of August. "Vicky Dean is always giving her best not only to the housing community, but our campus as a whole," Sanderson said. "August is easily one of the busiest times of the year and she accomplished so much during this time. Vicky's commitment to student success and her spunky personality easily qualify her for the Faculty/Staff of the Month award."

For more information about NRHH or OTMs, contact Kyle Rice by email:, or by calling: (618) 650-4629.

SIUE Chancellor Will Give Annual Report Wednesday

23 September 2011, 2:59 pm

SIUE Chancellor Will Give Annual Report Wednesday

Who: SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift

What: The Chancellor's Report to the University

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28

Where: Meridian Ballroom, SIUE Morris University Center

Chancellor Vandegrift will address the University community and guests during his Annual Report to the University. This year's speech will focus on the University's road to national recognition, and the achievements and important milestones along the way.

Each year the Chancellor's speech examines the institution's mission, vision and values, and highlights immediate and future plans.

An informal news conference will immediately follow the address.

SIUE Alumni Networking Breakfast in Clayton

23 September 2011, 1:50 pm

The SIUE Alumni Association will host a networking breakfast from 7:30- 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 in the Armstrong Teasdale Conference Room of the Centene Plaza in Clayton, Mo.

Hal Gentry, a 1981 graduate of the SIUE School of Engineering and founder of Gridlogix and Gentry Systems, will be the featured speaker. Complimentary pastries, fruit and coffee will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards for potential business connections.

Gentry has more than 25 years of experience in building global software start-up companies. In his most recent role, he was co-founder and CEO of Gridlogix, a software company which focused on energy savings applications for the building automation industry. Gridlogix was purchased by Johnson Controls in 2008.

Prior to Gridlogix, Gentry was founder and CEO of Gentry Systems, a global software company that provided Geographic Information Systems and Outage Management software to over 400 electric utilities world-wide. During his career, Gentry served as chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee and Industry Trends Analysis Group for the Geospatial Information Technology Association. He was a founding member of the GridWise Alliance Council and has presented at numerous industry conferences and published several articles in industry trade publications.

Gentry currently serves on the Advisory Board for the SIUE School of Engineering and Computer Science Department. He is also a member of the 2010 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.

Alumni Event Ambassadors who will greet attendees and facilitate networking conversations include: Sara Colvin, 1998 BS, 2005 MA; Charlotte Petty, 1983 BS; and Melissa Glauber, 2003 BS.

To register for this free event, visit For further information, please contact Katie Bennett at or 618-650-2762.

SIUE Honors Volunteers During First Annual Student Day

23 September 2011, 10:28 am

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Bookstore will join hundreds of other college stores across North America to celebrate and promote social responsibility during the first annual National Student Day next month.

"We wish to celebrate and thank those students who are already volunteering and to encourage others to join them," said Emily Colton, assistant director, SIUE University Bookstore & Textbook Service.

SIUE students are invited to enjoy a party at the Bookstore from 11a.m.-3p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, with free popcorn and Pepsi products, giveaways and door prizes, including an iPad, an SIUE hoodie and a $25 Bookstore gift card. Free National Student Day wristbands will be given to the first 100 students attending the event, entitling the wearer to special discounts throughout the day.

As an example of the University's student commitment to volunteerism, Colton cited SIUE's recent recognition by The Corporation for National and Community Service, which named it to the annual President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction. The Corporation is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service. SIUE was listed among colleges and universities demonstrating commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Students can also enter a national essay contest at for a chance to win great prizes from the National Association of College Stores. Students can submit their story online as to how they give back to their communities. Stories will then be voted on by students across North America. The 10 most popular stories will win awards consisting of $3000, $2000, and $1000 scholarships, as well as seven iPads. Voting will end at 4 p.m. Friday, October 14 Central Standard Time.

2011 SIUE Homecoming - Pride on the Prowl

22 September 2011, 11:38 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is celebrating the 2011 SIUE Homecoming with a week-long series of events targeting current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. This year's events will take place from Monday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 9 on the SIUE campus.

This year's theme is "Pride on the Prowl." The schedule of events will include: a Homecoming kick-off rally; a comedy show featuring Sheng Wang; a golf cart parade; a recliner race; Cougar Karaoke; a Homecoming dance and a dueling pianos performance. All the events are open to current students and free to attend.

The Alumni Association will host alumni events during Homecoming weekend. The 4th Annual SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Morris University Center (MUC) Conference Center. During the event, the 2011 honorees will be inducted into the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame. Tickets are required to attend the event and must be purchased in advance.

Members of the 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001 graduating classes will return to campus for the SIUE Alumni Reunion Lunch from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 in the MUC Meridian Ballroom. The event will feature step show performances from the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta sorority, welcome remarks from Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and a special address from SIUE Men's Soccer Coach Kevin Kalish. Tickets are required to attend the event and must be purchased in advance.

Legendary music icons Three Dog Night-known for memorable rock hits such as Joy to the World, One and Shambala-will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Sponsored by the SIUE Foundation, the concert, which is part of the University's Arts & Issues series, will take place in the Vadalabene Center gymnasium. Tickets are available for students, alumni, staff and community members.

Arts & Issues Director Grant Andree said Three Dog Night is one of the banner rock groups of the early 1970s and that the music created by this group continues to be a staple on rock stations throughout the world.

"The memories that this music evokes will make it a special evening for our audiences," Andree said. "And younger audience members also will recognize many of the songs made famous by this group."

SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics will host an exciting schedule of games during Homecoming. The SIUE Women's Volleyball team will take on Eastern Kentucky University at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Vadalabene Center gymnasium. The men's soccer team will play the University of Evansville at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at Korte Stadium. The 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place that night from 6-7:30 p.m. at the stadium. The women's soccer team will take on Missouri State University at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at Korte Stadium. For ticket information, visit

Campus Activities Board (CAB) plans and manages the student programming events. "Homecoming is a great chance for both alumni and current students to celebrate their Cougar pride and show their school spirit," said Emily Craske, Campus Programs manager. "Whether you attend a CAB event or other campus sponsored events, there is something for everyone!"

More information on the 2011 SIUE Homecoming and a complete schedule of events can be found at For questions, contact Katie Bennett, assistant director of SIUE Alumni Affairs, at or (618) 650-2762.


Oscar Wilde's 'Importance of Being Earnest' Opens Oct. 12 At SIUE

21 September 2011, 4:20 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Theater and Dance begins its 2011-12 main season Oct. 12 with The Importance of Being Earnest, playwright Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece, to be staged at 7:30 p.m. that Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, all in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

Tickets are $10 for adults (18 and older) and $8 for all others including seniors (65 and older) as well as any student with a valid school ID, and are available through the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, located on the first floor of Dunham Hall. SIUE students are admitted free thanks to the University's Campus Activities Board.

"Importance," arguably Wilde's best known play, revolves around two young gentlemen who find themselves in quite the dilemma as their seemingly harmless lies begin taking on a life of their own. The pair's creative use of a fictitious relative as an alibi to avoid the responsibilities of proper social commitment begins to overlap with reality and threatens to derail their very real love interests.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (618) 650-2774.

K. Trone Is EOM For September

21 September 2011, 3:39 pm

Congratulations: Karen Trone, lead financial specialist in the Office of the Budget and Financial Affairs, is the September recipient of the University's Employee Recognition Award. In the photo at right, Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher is shown presenting Trone with the award. They are flanked by David Heth (at left), director of SIUE Financial Affairs, and SIUE Budget Director Bill Winter. In addition to the plaque, Trone was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services location, and recognition on the flat screen monitors throughout campus. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald)

SIUE Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs

15 September 2011, 11:14 am

G.I. Jobs, a magazine dedicated to people transitioning out of the U.S. military, recently named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to its 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools ®.

SIUE has appeared on this prestigious list for three consecutive years. According to the publication, those named on the list are among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationally offering programs that support veterans and active duty military personnel. The list is based on the results of a survey of student veterans conducted by G.I. Jobs.

"The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience," said Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America. "Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans."

According to G.I. Jobs, the survey results offer prospective military students a glimpse into experiences of student veterans at institutions based on peer reviews. Service members and veterans can virtually meet individual student veterans from the various schools on the G.I. Jobs site,, to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.

G.I. Jobs reported the 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. The magazine stated the schools on the list offer scholarships, discounts, veterans' clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other opportunities to transitioning military personnel. Information from more than 8,000 schools was included in the survey.

According to G.I. Jobs, the detailed list and a story will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster. Both will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel early next month. The list, as well as interactive tools and search functionality will be available for military veterans through G.I. Jobs' newly redesigned website,

SIUE Well-Kept Grounds Wins National Recognition

15 September 2011, 10:33 am

The beautiful, lush and well-designed landscaping and grounds of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus are known and appreciated by University faculty, staff and students. But a recent national award for it brings added satisfaction, said Steve Brandenburg, assistant director of SIUE Facilities Management.

"I know we have a beautiful campus, and now many others will know it, too," he said. "We were just so excited and thrilled when we learned of the award. It's national recognition for the University."

SIUE recently won a merit award in the 39th Annual Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) Awards. According to the organization's website, the goals of the Green Star Professional Grounds Management Awards program are to bring national recognition to grounds manicured with a high degree of excellence, to recognize individual professional efforts leading to high maintenance standards and high quality appearance of the landscape, and to challenge those responsible for maintenance of grounds throughout the country to achieve a higher level of excellence.

Awards will be formally presented during the 2011 PGMS School of Grounds Management held in conjunction with the Green Industry and Equipment Expo in Louisville, Ky.

SIUE's presentation to the Green Star Awards included photos of the campus that included a colorful array of roses, perennials, peonies, tiger lilies and barberries, along with flowering trees and an approximately 135-year-old oak tree. Well-designed seating areas, open spaces and gardens, one of which surrounds the campus' Starbucks, were also highlighted in the presentation.

"Your environment is important to your experience," Brandenburg said. "I believe our beautiful, well-kept grounds help with recruiting of students and retaining them. We're also helping the environment and being good caretakers of what's been given to us."

SIUE Cited Again By U.S. News As A Leader 'In Innovative Changes'

13 September 2011, 4:05 pm

For the third consecutive year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been cited by its peers and reported in U.S.News & World Report as an "up-and-coming school." SIUE was listed as one of only seven Midwestern regional universities-one of only three public institutions-for recently making "innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus life and facilities." The listing is in the magazine's Best Colleges of 2012 issue that will hit newsstands Sept. 20.

Also, according to the U.S. News rankings released today, SIUE is in the best Regional Universities Midwest (master's granting) category for the eighth consecutive year, and among the top 15 public universities in the category. The overall scores are based on the academic preparedness of students, graduation rates, faculty characteristics and the reputation of SIUE in higher education.

"We're pleased that our peers continue to rank SIUE as one of the top innovative universities in the Midwest," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "Across the country, SIUE is recognized for providing academic excellence at an affordable price. As top employers in our region already know, the individualized attention and unique experiences of an SIUE education prepare our students for successful careers in the global marketplace."

"I know our alumni take great pride in our reputation for academic excellence," Vandegrift said. "Their commitment to help their alma mater attract the best faculty and students speaks to the power of their SIUE experience. As our reputation continues to grow, the value of their SIUE degree grows with it."

The "Up-and-Comers" category includes a total listing of 46 colleges and universities (only 17 public institutions) throughout the country. Vandegrift said SIUE has embraced innovative change, pointing to improvements made in the general education curriculum to enhance the educational experience and increasing opportunities for undergraduate research experiences, as well as the Student Success Center that integrates academic and personal support services for students and provides them in one location.

SIUE is in the midst of a $250 million planned campus infrastructure update and construction phase, which includes construction on the Science Building and additions to the SIUE Art and Design and Engineering buildings.

He also cited the University's commitment to NCAA Division I certification in Intercollegiate Athletics as another indicator of excellence. The two teams identified to be fast-tracked have seen great success in their first year of Division I championship eligibility. Men's soccer was the runner-up at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and the softball team participated in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

"Our student-athletes are excelling in the classroom, as well," Vandegrift said. "Spring 2011 marked the 10th consecutive semester all student-athletes have earned a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA."

The latest U.S. News rankings come on the heels of last month's recognition by Washington Monthly that ranks SIUE among the top 50 master's universities in the nation. SIUE has also recently been named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to its list of colleges and universities demonstrating a commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

"The continued acclaim our University receives is a credit to our distinguished faculty and dedicated staff who are proud to prepare our students for their careers of choice," said Ann M. Boyle, interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. "Our low student-to-professor ratio allows our faculty to mentor our students in the classroom and work side-by-side with them on projects and innovative research."

SIUE Hosting 10th Anniversary Observance of Sept. 11, 2001

9 September 2011, 2:21 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is hosting a special ceremony of remembrance to mark the terrorist attacks on the United States that happened Sept. 11, 2001.

The 10th Anniversary Observance of Sept. 11, 2001 will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge.

The event, sponsored by the offices of the Chancellor and Student Affairs, as well as the Kimmel Leadership Center, will take place for about a half hour and feature music performed by the SIUE Department of Music. SIUE Student Senator Elisabeth Jones will deliver a poetic reading. The event will feature speakers: Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift, Student Body President Nolan Sharkey and Daniel Schmidt, a junior speech communication major who was in the U.S. Army serving in counter intelligence operations to the Federal Bureau of Investigations at the time of the attacks.

The event is a commemoration ceremony honoring those individuals who perished during the terrorist attacks, and the men and women in the service who have died in the Global War on Terror.

SIU Edwardsville Fall Enrollment Largest In Its History

7 September 2011, 2:12 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has reached the largest overall enrollment in the history of the school at 14,235, representing a nearly 1 percent increase over last fall's enrollment of 14,133. Undergraduate enrollment growth is supported by a record freshman class and a new transfer class, which is 3 percent larger than fall 2010.

SIUE Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ann Boyle released the fall enrollment numbers today, which include undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The University received a record 16,501 total applications for the fall term, including 10,300 for the freshman class and 3,723 for new transfers.

"We are proud of the caliber and quality of students we attract at SIUE," Boyle said. "Our faculty members and staff are committed to academic excellence, educational innovation, undergraduate involvement in research and continuous quality improvement in all areas. These factors, coupled with dynamic student support services and a beautiful, safe environment for learning are making the University a first-choice, first-tier institution in the state of Illinois."

Record undergraduate enrollment is supported by a record freshman class of 2,070 which is up five students from last year, and a new transfer class of 1,232 which is 3 percent larger than fall 2010. The new freshman class includes 494 merit and need-based scholarship recipients with an average ACT of 27, who have been recognized based on academic abilities and talents.

One-third of the class has indicated an interest in pre-professional health (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-pharmacy) or nursing.

New freshman enrollment from Madison and St. Clair counties remains strong with new growth coming primarily from the Chicago area and from out-of-state enrollment. SIUE attracted 77 freshmen with an average 25.5. ACT. Those students will live for at least one year in the University's residence halls.

"Approximately 29 percent of freshmen come from ethnically underrepresented backgrounds and 26 percent will be the first in their family to go to college," said Scott Belobrajdic, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, in the preliminary enrollment report. Belobrajdic noted this is the fourth year of overall enrollment growth at SIUE. It is the seventh consecutive year of growth in the size of the freshman class, which has increased by 20 percent since fall 2004.

The news comes on the heels of the recent ranking of SIUE as 48 th among the Top 50 of 553 master's universities in the U.S. by the national magazine, Washington Monthly, which evaluates universities based on their "contribution to the public good" in the areas of social mobility, research and service.

Belobrajdic pointed out that SIUE's improving retention rates, national recognition and low tuition also may be factors in the University's growth.

Media Advisory & Photo Opportunity

6 September 2011, 2:13 pm

SIUE Hosting 10th Anniversary Observance of Sept. 11, 2001

When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011

Where: SIUE Morris University Center Goshen Lounge

What: Commemoration ceremony honoring those individuals who perished during the terrorist attacks held on 9/11/01 and the men and women in the service who have died in the Global War on Terror

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community invites the media and the public to attend a 10th Anniversary Observation of Sept. 11, 2001 in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge on campus at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

The ceremony will last a half hour and will feature speakers: SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and Student Body President Nolan Sharkey. SIUE Student Senator Elisabeth Jones will deliver a poetic reading during the event and musical selections will be performed by the SIUE Department of Music.

SIUE Educational Outreach Classes Have International Appeal

6 September 2011, 11:22 am

Get more personal enrichment out of life. Learn to speak German! Or as a German would write it: "Lernen Sie Deutsch. Bereichern Sie lhr Leben!"

German is just one of several non-credit foreign languages being offered through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Office of Educational Outreach.

With an increasing interest in foreign languages and the growing number of international groups in the area, the Office of Educational Outreach has expanded its offerings, said Cheryl Brunsmann, assistant director of Community Education Programs.

A sampling of Leisure Learning Activities offered this fall includes German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Some classes start as early as September 7. To register and for more information about the courses, visit

Leisure Learning Activities are designed for adults of all ages and are non-credit courses. Classes are open to anyone in the community, ages 16 and up.

The Office of Educational Outreach also offers Lifelong Learning Activities. These non-credit lectures are designed for people, 50 years and older, but are open to all ages. Registration is not required for the various presentations that begin Sept. 17. For more information and a listing of topics, please visit the website.

SIUE School Of Nursing Announces Legislative Night

2 September 2011, 2:36 pm

Sue Clark, RN and nurse-lobbyist for Consulting for Biz, will be the featured speaker Sept. 22-discussing current and upcoming legislative issues within the Illinois General Assembly related to nursing and health care-at Legislative Night 2011. The SIUE School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Tenth District Illinois Nurses Association and Lewis & Clark Community College School of Nursing, will present the event at the N.O. Nelson Center, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6.

Members of the Illinois General Assembly from Central and Southern Illinois have been invited to attend. Undergraduate students may register for $7; registered nurses and all others may register for $20. The registration fee includes refreshments, parking, and the award of 1.25 continuing education contact hours through the SIUE School of Nursing. Exhibits from nursing organizations and selected vendors will be available during the networking session.

For additional information, contact Dr. Karen Kelly, (618) 650-3908, or by email: Registration forms and a detailed agenda are located on the website:

Washington Monthly Ranks SIUE Among Top 50 In Nation

1 September 2011, 10:48 am

For the second consecutive year, Washington Monthly, a national magazine, has ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the Top 50 of the 553 master's universities in the nation.

SIUE ranked 13th among public institutions, one spot above last year's placing. Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an institution's "contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)."

"We are extremely proud of being recognized again by Washington Monthly for the opportunities we provide students and for our students' commitment to serving our communities," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "We are working hard to create a high quality, stimulating academic environment at SIUE that also encourages students to be engaged and productive citizens. To be ranked among the Top 50 two years in a row shows that our quest for excellence is bearing fruit."

Washington Monthly ranked SIUE 48th overall nationally among its Top 50 Master's Universities category. The University placed 6th in expenditures for research-up from 8th last year-having invested more than $30 million in research and public service projects in fiscal year 2010. This investment allows a significant number of SIUE students at the undergraduate and graduate levels the opportunity to participate in research projects in their fields of study.

Under the service sub-category, SIUE was ranked 1st again in the percent of federal work study funds dedicated to students employed in community service programs. For example, $547,867 of federal work study dollars were spent in fiscal year 2010 on the federal America Reads program the University offers at the SIUE East St. Louis Center.

Recently SIUE was also named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the annual President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction-a list of colleges and universities demonstrating a commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. SIUE students have many opportunities to work on service projects and in the area of volunteerism throughout the year through the University's Kimmel Leadership Development Center.

"At SIUE, we strive to be a partner to our region," Vandegrift said. "In addition to providing an excellent education at an affordable price, we are particularly proud that our students are good citizens who choose to give back to society. Our region is made stronger by SIUE graduates who work to improve the world around them."

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