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January 28, 2003

International Events Feature Multicultural Music, Food

Towards Global Unity" is the theme of the upcoming International Fest scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Goshen Lounge of the Morris University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

International student organization booths will feature clothing, cultural artifacts, books, music, and demonstrations representing many countries.

International Night is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Meridian Ballroom, adjacent to Goshen Lounge on the first floor of the Morris Center. An international cuisine buffet will be served at 6 p.m. in the newly renovated Center Court on the lower level of the Morris Center.

The evening will continue at 7 p.m. with international dance, music, and cultural presentations by student organizations in the ballroom. The event will conclude with a fashion show of traditional garments from countries around the world.

The Campus Activities Board and the International Student Council are co-sponsors of both events.

Also featured during the Feb. 5-6 International Fest-which is open and free to the public-will be entertainment from around the world, including special guest Javier Mendoza with his Latin musical stylings, as well as martial arts demonstrations from around the globe, belly dancers, and a variety of other music. Local elementary school students will visit the campus during the two-day Fest to enjoy the entertainment and learn about SIUE's international students and their countries.

Ticket prices for International Night are: $14; SIUE faculty and staff, $12; SIUE students with valid ID and children ages six to 12, $10. Children ages five and under are free. Tickets will be on sale beginning Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Information Center on the first floor of the Morris Center, (618) 650-5555. Tickets also will be available at the door if the event is not sold out.

For more information, please contact Lisa Ramsey, (618) 650-2686 or or Ali Soltanshahi, (618) 650-3785 or

Open House Aimed At Potential Engineering Students

The School of Engineering will once again showcase its new building and provide prospective students and their families a chance to visit with faculty at its annual open house, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15.

The School of Engineering opened its new building about three years ago. Since then, enrollment has soared to more than 1,100 students. The building provides students with the most modern labs and classrooms, all of which will be open for tours and demonstrations.

Faculty members will be available to discuss various programs within the school, and representatives of student organizations will be on hand to discuss their experiences at SIUE. Other university representatives will be available to answer questions about housing and financial aid, and conduct campus tours on the hour.

Practicing professionals will be on hand to talk about the field of engineering.

Activities will include:
• Interactive mobile robots
• Interactive virtual reality laboratory
• Wind tunnel demonstrations
• Automated laboratory factory
• Interactive earthquake retrofit analysis
• Interactive computer bridge design and testing
• Models of past bridge contest entries
• Concrete/soil testing
• Computer vision research demonstrations

Black Heritage Month Activities Set For February

SIUE will present its Sixth Annual Black Heritage Month Program during February, with its theme of Building CommUNITY. Below is a calendar of events:

• Cultural Bazaar and Marketplace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 3-4, first floor of the Morris University Center.

• SIUE's Concert Jazz Band performs, Noon-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, Goshen Lounge.

• The SIUE Gospel Choir performs, 1:30-2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, Goshen.

• Greek Step Exhibition, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, Goshen Lounge.

• Literacy-Cultural Workshop, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, East St. Louis Center.

• National Society of Black Engineers presents Keeper of the Dream, featuring 13-year-old motivational speaker Taylor Moore, 7-10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in Lovejoy's John C. Abbott Auditorium.

• Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Meridian Ballroom; admission, $12; students, $8.

• Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, speaking about Politics, Opinions, and Public Health: Parting Words from a Surgeon General, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, Meridian Ballroom, as part of SIUE's Arts & Issues series; admission is $8; students, $4.

• Black Heritage Month Quiz Bowl, 11:30-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Goshen; co-sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers.

• Book Signing and Reading, 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, with Associate Professor Venessa Brown, in Goshen.

• Student Poetry Reading, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Goshen.

• Poetry Reading featuring Professor Eugene B. Redmond, East St. Louis Poet Laureate, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Goshen.

• Black History Program and Reading, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, East St. Louis Center.

• Storytelling: The African American Experience, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Goshen.

• Rudy Wilson, assistant provost for Cultural and Social Diversity, 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Goshen.

• Barbara Jean Cheeseboro, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Goshen.

• Fifth Annual Black Heritage Month Talent Show, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Meridian Ballroom.

• Morris Center Activities Board Lecture Series presents Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, featuring Barry Scott, in Lovejoy's Abbott Auditorium.

• Panel Discussion: Reparations: Another Handout or Hypocrisy at its Worst, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Goshen Lounge.

• Black Theater Workshop, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28, March 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, all at the James F. Metcalf Theater; admission is free.

For more information, call the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686.

Simon's Broadway Hit Comes To SIUE Mainstage

War is pending, mothers and fathers fear for the safety of their families, and young children still are as mischevious as ever no matter what's going on an ocean away.

That's a scenario that could be applied to 2003 as well as playwright Neil Simon applies it in his hit Broadway play Brighton Beach Memoirs, in 1937. It's a play with comedy and drama whose tenets still resonate today in America, according to director Lana Hagan, who brings the play to the SIUE Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, 21-22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, all at the Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

Hailed by the New York Daily News as "the most affecting of Simon's plays," this first installment of his semi-autobiographical trilogy is a portrait of the writer's alter ego, 14-year-old Eugene Jerome, living in an overcrowded Brooklyn home with two families under one roof-his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley.

The young boy's mind is filled with fantasies of girls and baseball. Family miseries are used in the play to raise enduring issues of sibling rivalry, guilt-ridden relationships between parent and child, and the hunger for dignity in a poverty-stricken society.

As war clouds gather over Europe, the Jeromes fight their own battles over money, living space, and desire. As for Eugene, he just wants to get along with everyone and, perhaps, learn about naked women along the way. "Our present circumstances, with talk of war with Iraq and economic downturns, are similar to 1937 Brooklyn, with war in Europe beginning and World War II on the horizon," Hagan points out.

"Our lead actor, Jeff Saunders, who plays Eugene, is himself in the Air Force Reserves, and he could be called overseas any day. We hope and pray that it won't happen, but it could." In fact, Hagan said, the entire cast has developed a mantra that they repeat each night after rehearsal-"Let the peace in our hearts bring peace to the world."

Hagan said the situation has brought the cast closer together and more like a family, which in turn has helped them develop their characters. "It's always important for a cast to bond during the production process," Hagan said, "but because Brighton Beach is about a family, I wanted the cast to bond like a family."

The play is about a Jewish family and, as part of the rehearsal process, Hagan has been helping cast members learn about being Jewish. "My friend, Anita Lippman, who is drama director at Brentwood (MO) High School, met with the cast in December and told us about Chanukah and what it means to be part of the Jewish faith," Hagan said. "Each cast member has contributed something by researching the era and about Judaism.

"They are a great cast, a great group of people. I can't say enough good things about them."

Finding comfort within a family during a stressful time is a key to Hagan's concept for the play. "This is about a family that has survived and they find comfort in each other," she said. "So, I wanted the set design and the costume design to reflect a comforting environment for the audience," she said. "Eugene's family finds that the larger, global issues put the small family problems into perspective," Hagan said.

"And, Simon's dialogue makes us laugh and cry throughout. I think it's one of his best plays."

For tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts Box Office, (618) 650-2774.

SIUE's A Book In Every Home Kicks Off Campaign

Hundreds of children and families that otherwise might not have had access to books have benefited from SIUE's annual A Book In Every Home campaign. The university is again sponsoring the book drive through March 31.

Literacy is one of the most critical issues facing our educational system. Studies show that children who cannot read are not likely to succeed in the classroom or in life. Recognizing that access to books is a key component to literacy, A Book in Every Home not only has placed more than 20,000 books in homes in St. Clair and Madison counties, it also encourages parents to read to their children.

"Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is advancing literacy at a grass-roots level through the A Book in Every Home program," said Kay Werner, chair of the campaign. "Our goal is to place an age-appropriate book in the home of every Head Start child in Madison and St. Clair counties."

There are drop-off points for book donations in the St. Clair County and Madison County Head Start programs, SIUE campus sites, all public libraries in Madison and St. Clair counties, the Piece of Mind Book Store in Edwardsville, and B. Dalton Booksellers Book Store and Borders book store in Fairview Heights.

For specific addresses and locations of these drop off points, go to the A Book In Every Home Web site: or call (618) 650-2020 for more information.

Age-appropriate books are requested for children ages six weeks to five years old. Cash donations also will be accepted. Checks for A Book in Every Home should be written to the SIUE Foundation, and mailed to:

A Book in Every Home
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1058
(In the memo part of the check insert A Book in Every Home.)

Cellist, Pianist To Perform At Jan. 29 Guest Recital

Cellist Dong-Oo Lee and pianist Yoonbok Oh will perform works by Beethoven, D'Hervelois, De Falla, and Tchaikovsky in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Lovejoy Library's John C. Abbott Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Lee, who was born in the United States, is recognized as one of Korea's most versatile musicians as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, educator, and composer. During the Jan. 29 recital, Lee also will perform a composition he wrote and dedicated to his parents, 'Prophesy' Rhapsody for Solo Violincello.

As a leading member of the Seoul Classical Chamber Music Ensemble, Oh has made appearances at major concert halls, such as the Seoul Arts Center. Recently, she has been a guest artist with the Ulsan City Philharmonic and Prime Philharmonic Orchestra. Oh has been a professor of piano since 1998 and currently is chair of the Piano Department at the University of Ulsan, College of Music.

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