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Schoenecker named School of Business Dean

June 21, 2018

Tim Schoenecker, Ph.D., has been named dean of the SIUE School of Business. Schoenecker has served as interim dean since May 2016. His appointment is subject to SIU Board of Trustees approval. Schoenecker has provided significant service to the School as a collaborative leader. He, in close partnership with faculty and staff, has contributed to the School’s growth and celebrated its accounting and business programs’ 2017 reaccreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a hallmark of excellence earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.

2018 Spring Commencement

May 04, 2018

Chancellor Randy Pembrook oversaw the 2018 Spring Commencement exercises Friday and Saturday, May 4-5 for 2,091 eligible graduates. Pembrook saluted the graduates for their community service and commitment to shaping a changing world. The complimented the students on their approach to making a difference and resolving injustice in the world. He quoted Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Former SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the School of Nursing ceremony Friday afternoon. Vandegrift delivered advice on three points. “Seek professional opportunities that will fulfill your potential, even if they frighten you. According to President Calvin Coolidge, the most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential. Be an active person. Remember the adage, if you want something done, ask a busy person. Continue to build on areas of strength and recogn...

SIUE’s Public Health Program Gains CEPH Accreditation

October 23, 2017

The School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) announced this week that its public health program has received accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). SIUE’s undergraduate public health program in the Department of Applied Health is among the first in the nation to be accredited as a stand-alone program, after a two-year application process. The program has experienced steady enrollment growth with students enjoying a promising career outlook. Public health jobs are expected to increase 37 percent by 2020.

SIUE Introduces MFA in Creative Writing for 2018

October 20, 2017

A master’s of fine arts in creative writing will be introduced beginning fall 2018. The MFA in creative writing is offered by the Department of English Language and Literature in SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences. A terminal degree for poets and fiction writers, the master’s of fine arts qualifies students for careers in academia and writing-related fields. Unlike most programs in the country, the MFA at SIUE includes a service-learning component that encourages experiential learning.

STEM Faculty Fellows

May 17, 2017

The SIUE STEM Center has announced its two faculty fellows for FY18. The competitive fellowship engages in undergraduate education research aligned with the mission of the STEM Center to innovate ways to engage students in STEM. Connie Barber, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Business’ Department of Computer Management and Information Systems, will research gamifying information systems. Dr. Barber’s project is entitled, “When Your Students are Quest-masters: Gamifying Information Systems Course Content.” Sinan Onal, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Engineering’s Department of Industrial Engineering, will work on a project involving the design of medical devices. Dr. Onal’s project is entitled, “Integration of Medical Device Design and Fabrication Projects into the Industrial Engineering Curriculum through Collaborating with Industry Partners.”

Amazon Supports Faculty Research on Illinois Chorus Frog

March 09, 2017

Amazon has gifted $10,000 to SIUE in support of Dr. Richard Essner’s research on the Illinois Chorus Frog. Essner is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I am excited by Amazon’s support of our research,” Essner said. “It is unusual to see a corporation take such a strong interest in local conservation. Their donation will allow us to purchase radio transmitters that will be used to track the movements of Illinois Chorus Frogs. This will help us to identify critical habitat and inform our conservation effort.”

In March, Essner will give a presentation on his research to Amazon employees of the fulfillment centers in Edwardsville. In addition, each Amazon fulfillment center identifies a mascot and the Illinois Chorus Frog will serve as the mascot for one of the Edwardsville buildings.

Department of Psychology Receives Endowment for Visiting Scholars with Adlerian Expertise

January 24, 2017

SIUE faculty and students will be inspired by the pioneering concepts of Adlerian Psychology for years to come thanks to a $500,000 gift to the Department of Psychology from the Family of Rudolf Dreikurs. The gift will fund visits to SIUE from eminent scholars from around the world.  Read more

SIUE School of Nursing Online Grad Programs Among the Best

January 24, 2017

U.S. News & World Report highly ranked SIUE’s School of Nursing among the top 100 in its 2017 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list released Jan. 10. The School is ranked 94th among 140 schools nationally.  The School of Nursing’s online graduate degree programs include a family nurse practitioner doctor of nursing practice (DNP), post-master’s DNP, and master’s degrees in health care nursing administration (HCNA) and nurse educator (NE).

Urban Studies Minor Now Available

October 12, 2016

Encompassing coursework in 12 different departments, the Urban Studies Minor is dedicated to the cultivation of knowledge and skills pertaining to urban issues at the local, national and global scales. A minor in Urban Studies will help prepare students to be informed, thoughtful and engaged participants in an urban world by providing a broad program of study encompassing the social, cultural, geographical, historical, political, economic and planning dimensions of cities and urban life.  Contact Dr. James Hanlon in the Department of Geography, at

Study Abroad Fair

October 05, 2016

The Study Abroad Fair will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday October 5th in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge. The 2016 Study Abroad Fair will showcase SIUE faculty-led programs, the University's international partner institutions, and affiliate companies and services. Faculty and staff can encourage students to attend to learn more about study abroad at SIUE. Students will hear from study abroad veterans, and talk with faculty leaders as well as program and service providers. Faculty interested in leading future study abroad programs are also welcome to ask questions.

Visiting Scholars Give Their First Presentation

September 30, 2016

SIUE’s International Training Program in Pedagogy is hosting 12 visiting scholars from Northwest Normal University (NWNU) and Sichuan University of Science and Engineering (SUSE) in China.  The scholars’ first presentation will begin at 10:15 in Alumni Hall, room 3402, today September 30th

SIUE a Top 15 Midwest Regional Public University

September 15, 2016

U.S. News & World Report ranks SIUE among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 13th consecutive year and among the top 15 public universities in that category.  SIUE is also rated among the top Midwest Regionals for least amount of student debt upon graduation. The listing is in the magazine’s “Best Colleges of 2017” issue that was released Tuesday, Sept. 13.   SIUE was featured at number 63 in this year’s rankings of 163 Regional Universities Midwest. The University is 13th overall among public universities in that category.  The U.S. News overall scores are based on the reputation of SIUE in higher education, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

SIUE Welcomes Students for Fall 2016

August 18, 2016

SIUE welcomes students to campus today for fall 2016.

University Housing’s Move-In Day will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today at Bluff, Prairie and Woodland residence halls.

A convocation for new SIUE students will be held at noon Friday, Aug. 19 in the Vadalabene Center. SIUE’s fifth annual Cougar Kick-Off is planned later from 6-10 p.m. Friday in the Korte Stadium.

Move-In Day, New Student Convocation and the Cougar Kick-Off are all part of The SIUE Experience that runs from Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 18-21.

SIUE School of Nursing’s Bernaix to Pioneer Creative Curriculum and Expand Area Partnerships

July 24, 2016

SIUE's School of Nursing continues to educate and prepare nurses to be expert clinicians and healthcare leaders. As dean of the School, Laura Bernaix, PhD, RN, intends to expand opportunities for SIUE School of Nursing students by way of inventive curriculum development and strong clinical partnerships.

Bernaix is an alum of the School, and has been a valued faculty member and administrator since 1987. She assumed the role of dean in May, after having served as interim dean since June 2014.

SIUE Lands Among Forbes Magazine's Top Colleges

July 13, 2016

SIUE is among the top four public universities in the state according to Forbes magazine’s top colleges ranking. Forbes ranked 660 institutions nationally, but only the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois-Chicago and Illinois State University were listed ahead of SIUE instate. The magazine’s criteria are based on return on investment. It assigns the greatest weight to success after graduation (32.5 percent), student debt (25 percent) and student satisfaction (25 percent).

School of Pharmacy’s Bergman to Present at Healthcare Summit

July 08, 2016

SIUE's School of Pharmacy’s Scott Bergman, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, will present on appropriate use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, at the Illinois Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship on Tuesday, July 12 in Springfield.

“Antimicrobial stewardship is based on the premise that antibiotics are a shared resource that should be preserved for the common good of society,” Bergman said. “When one person misuses them, it impacts resistance that is passed on to others. This happens when patients ask for antibiotics even if they are not entirely necessary, or when healthcare providers prescribe them for viral infections “just in case” there is also a bacterial cause.”

Bergman is an infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist and holds a joint appointment with the Division of Infectious Diseases at the SIU School of Medicine. His presentation will focus on establishing a team relationship between pharmac...

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