President James E. Walker did some walking around on the SIU campuses recently as he conducted open forums at Carbondale, Edwardsville, Alton, East St. Louis, and Springfield.
His purpose was to gather input from the campus communities to help develop "a shared vision" for the university's future. "It's one thing for me to have a vision of what the university should be," he pointed out, "but I'm more concerned about a shared vision for SIU.
"I want to know what people see as the future for SIU, how we want SIU to be perceived in the future."
The forums were informal and employees had been given "homework" to consider before the meetings took place. They were asked to consider three questions:
In your opinion, what do you perceive to be SIU's major strengths?
In your opinion, what are the major challenges facing SIU in the short term? In the long term?
In the year 2010, how would you like SIU to be perceived?
Walker also said he would be forming smaller focus groups on each campus to help define SIU's mission. "It is my intent to utilize these focus groups by gathering more in-depth information and feedback than may have been gained during the open forums.
The president said a shared vision plan will be published and used as a "road map" for the future course of the university. He also plans to present the vision plan on each campus before the end of the semester. "These forums have been an opportunity for us as a university to look forward," he said.
The Babes, a quartet of "40-something moms" who have established a national reputation, will perform here March 2 and 3 as part of the Arts and Issues season.
Singing two shows at 7:30 both evenings in Katherine Dunham Hall theater, the quartet applies a special brand of "goofiness and grit" to their songs about everyday life.
Arts & Issues Coordinator Richard Walker said audiences will find just the right blend of comedy and musical ability from the quartet. "The Babes take us on a musical journey with a style that blends jazz, folk music, and just a touch of country," Walker said. "And, the laughs are a bonus."
The group includes:
Tickets for each show on March 2 and 3 are $16; students, $8. For tickets, call (618) 650-5555, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 5555; or, write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083; or, by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Arts & Issues Web site is: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES.
Admission includes free parking in the lots behind Morris University Center or Dunham Hall theater.
Spring enrollment grew to 11,480 students, an increase of 136 students, or about 1.2 percent, over last spring.
Director of Admissions Boyd Bradshaw said the increase was indicative of the growing enrollment SIUE has experienced for the last several years. "I think the spring enrollment indicates what we've seen consistently for the last several years in both the fall and spring," Bradshaw said.
"Our reputation is growing across the state and region. Students and their families are discovering that SIUE offers a quality educational experience at an affordable price."
Bradshaw said the spring numbers would have been even larger, but said bad weather kept some part-time students away. "The cold, snowy weather and bad road conditions that we had for most of December very likely kept a large number of our part-time students from registering for classes," Bradshaw said, explaining that most of the part-time students are non-traditional students who attend classes at night.
"Many of these would have been students at off-campus sites in more rural areas."
Where part-time student enrollments are normally in the range of 3,700-3,800, more than 3,600 part-time students signed up for classes this spring. Last spring, 3,785 part-time students registered. Even with the part-time enrollment decrease, total spring enrollment is the largest since 1977.
Early indicators suggest fall enrollment likely will continue the growth trend. "Applications are running ahead of this same time period last year," he said. "We'll open Bluff Hall, our newest residence hall, in the fall, adding about 500 new resident students. It doesn't necessarily mean enrollment will be up 500 students, but obviously the new residence hall will have a positive impact on enrollment and retention."
Bluff Hall is SIUE's third residence hall; all three have been built since 1994. When the new building opens, about 1,500 students will live in residence halls; Cougar Village houses about 1,300-1,400 students.
Design plans for the $19.3 million renovation of the Delyte W. Morris University Center will be unveiled in a pair of town hall meetings scheduled in the center this Thursday.
Architects will present their concepts for the modernization and improvement of the 34-year-old building. "I think people will be both pleased and excited by what they will see and hear at these meetings," said Mary Robinson, MUC director. "The proposed plans reflect the types of things students told us they wanted to see in the University Center."
A 10 a.m. meeting is scheduled for students, faculty and staff, while a second session at 1:30 p.m. is intended for special interest groups -groups effected by the redesign of the building-to review the plans. Both sessions will be held in the Maple-Dogwood rooms of the University Center. On hand for the sessions will be representatives of Woolpert LLP of Belleville and WTW Architects of Pittsburgh, the principal designers and architects of the MUC renovation project.
The firms will present and discuss floor plans and renderings of their designs. Students approved a student fee increase through a referendum last April to support the renovation of the Morris University Center. More than a year's worth of focus groups and surveys were held before initial recommendations and plans were announced and the referendum scheduled.
High on the list of student requests-requests that have been translated into reality in the proposed architectural plans-was an expansion and reconfiguration of the lower level food court to accommodate a wider range of menu and food offerings. The new "Town Center" food court also will require expanded seating for the increased number of residential students resulting from the opening of Bluff Hall-the university's third residence hall-this fall.
Additionally, the plans call for an expanded retail area, a new coffee house, a computer lab, a full-service copy center, outdoor dining in the University Restaurant, and major improvements to the recreation area, the Meridian Ballroom, and the various university and student offices housed in the building.
Robinson anticipates construction will begin in December of this year and last through March 2003.
Formal project and budget approval has been given by the SIU Board of Trustees for construction of the $20.1 million National Corn To Ethanol Research Pilot Plant to be located in University Park.
The proposed 20,000-square-foot facility will include a pilot scale corn wet mill and corn dry mill ethanol plant, wet labs, offices, storage, and visitor areas. The plant will emulate a full-scale, commercial ethanol-producing facility. Such a testing site is needed to continue experimenting with alternatives to fossil fuels.
Last year, the federal government appropriated $14.1 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture funds for the plant, while $6 million in matching funds was approved by the Illinois General Assembly. Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-20), Illinois Gov. George Ryan, and other members of the Illinois delegation were instrumental in bringing the plant to SIUE. Officials have said the plant will not only provide many benefits for Illinois corn growers but also for farmers throughout the country.
In its approval, the board requested that the project and the proposed source of funds be submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for its review and approval as a non-instructional capital project. The approval also authorizes members of the Board's Executive Committee to award contracts for the project.
In other matters, the Board approved a $24.50 increase in the SIU School of Dental Medicine instrument rental fee for its students, from $112.50 per semester to $137 per semester. The increase will assist in the "necessary replacement" of instruments used by students. The increase also will help defray costs of new instruments because of new curricular requirements and unfunded mandates. The increase will take effect Fall Semester. This will be the first instrument rental fee increase since 1993.
Lee Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has been chosen to receive an honorary doctorate at spring commencement.
Shulman will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters at commencement exercises on Saturday, May 5. Approval for the honorary degree was passed Feb. 8 by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting.
Carnegie Foundation president since 1997, Shulman formerly was president of the American Educational Research Association, and received its highest honor, the career award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research. He also has received the American Psychological Association's E.L. Thorndike Award for Distinguished Psychological Contributions to Education.
His writing and research center on the study of teaching and teacher education; the growth of knowledge among those learning to teach; the assessment of teaching medical education; the psychology of instruction in science, mathematics, and medicine; the logic of educational research; and the quality of teaching in education. His most recent research emphasizes the importance of "teaching as community property" and the central role of "scholarship of teaching" in supporting needed changes in the cultures of higher education.
A native of Chicago, Shulman received a doctorate from the University of Chicago. He previously was on the faculty at Michigan State University, where he was professor of Educational Psychology and Medical Education and co-founder of that university's Institute for Research and Training
After a tough loss to Lewis, the Cougars turned things around today (2/17) by defeating Wisconsin-Parkside in convincing fashion 85-44, the largest margin of victory this season for SIUE.
SIUE, 17-7 overall and 12-6 in the conference, shot 55.9 percent (33-59) from the field, while the Rangers were 15 of 59 for 25.4 percent from the field. The Cougars entered the half with a 38-17 lead and shooting 60 percent. Wisconsin-Parkside now falls to 6-18 overall and 3-15 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Misi Clark pumped in 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Cougars. Clark was 8 of 11 from the field. Kristen Boss scored a career-high 13 points in 20 minutes off the bench. Sarah Larson also finished in double figures off the bench by recording 12.
Joy Rodefer was the only Ranger to reach double figures with 16 points.
The Cougars return home Thursday (2/22) when they take on Bellarmine in a 5:30 p.m. game at the Vadalabene Center.
A layup by Nick Hartwig with six seconds remaining pushed the Cougars past Wisconsin-Parkside for a dramatic 67-66 win this afternoon in Kenosha, Wis.
The Cougars, 7-17 overall and 4-14 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, entered the half down 34-31 and shooting just 38.5 percent (10-26) to the Rangers 50 percent (13-26), but SIUE stayed focused for the second half.
As a team, the Cougars shot 45.8 percent (11-24) from the field and 90.9 percent (10-11) in the second half to cling to the narrow victory. The Rangers fall to 9-15 overall and 6-12 in the conference.
Marty Perry was back to his old self. After being held scoreless against Lewis, the Cougars leading scorer finished the day with a double-double to help edge Wisconsin-Parkside. Perry finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Hartwig scored 13 points, while Garrett Thomas finished with 12 points.
The Rangers were led by Brian Coffman with 15 points and five rebounds. Marlon Grice scored 13 points off the bench while Nick Knuth added 12 points.
SIUE returns to action Thursday (2/22) when the team returns home to face Bellarmine at 7:45 p.m. in the Vadalabene Center.
Cougar Baseball dropped its first three games of the season but the coaching staff considers it a good experience.
"It was good to go play quality competition on the first weekend," said pitching coach Tony Stoecklin. "It gives us the opportunity to see where we are at as a team to start the season."
Despite the losses, the coaches feel confident the pitching staff will be outstanding. "We know what needs to be adjusted," Head Coach Gary Collins said. "But we also saw some bright spots. Its early in the season."
SIUE loss 13-1, 2-1 and 12-7 to No. 4 ranked Alabama-Huntsville. Mark Bugger (Edwardsville) and Dave Crouthers (Edwardsville) share the lead with a .333 batting average after 12 at bats. Crouthers also pitched 5.0 innings in the 2-1 loss of a doubleheader on Saturday, giving up one earned run and five strikeouts.
Wendy Hedberg feels fortunate to come out with two wins at home last weekend. The Cougars, 16-5 overall and 11-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, led by 13 points in both games only to see the opponents cut into the lead. SIUE defeated Quincy 68-63 and Missouri-St. Louis 55-52.
"Quincy is a young scrappy team that keeps coming after you," Coach Hedberg said. "They have lots of ways to get back into the game, and we knew Missouri-St. Louis would come in and play a tough game."
SIUE has three tough games ahead of them this week. First up is 19th-ranked Southern Indiana, who enters the contest one game ahead of the Cougars in the conference standings. "It's a huge game with Southern Indiana in regards to conference standings. We need to play a near perfect game, execute well and handle their full court press with composure."
The Cougars turn right around and travel to Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside for weekend games. SIUE plays Lewis on Thursday (2/15) at 5:30 p.m. and Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday (2/17) at 1 p.m.
Misi Clark (Paris) scored a team-high 17 points against Quincy but her double figures scoring streak was snapped with the win over Missouri-St. Louis when she only recorded eight points. Clark also grabbed 12 rebounds and 12 assists in the wins. She leads the team with 16.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Jessica Robert (Carlyle) recorded 10 points in each win last weekend. Against Quincy, Robert was perfect 8 of 8 from the line. She is averaging 10.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
With back-to-back wins to build on, Coach Jack Margenthaler and his men's basketball team prepare for a tough week of competition beginning with the No. 2 team in the country-Southern Indiana.
The Cougars, 6-15 overall and 3-12 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, snapped a 10-game losing streak by defeating Quincy last Thursday (2/8) 77-73 and added to the win column on Saturday (2/10) with a 64-62 win over Missouri-St. Louis. "It is good to win a couple of ball games," said Margenthaler. "I think we are finally making the adjustment to the transition that has occurred on this team. It has been a long six-week program trying to get there."
SIUE's first challenge this week comes tonight as Southern Indiana, 20-1 overall and 14-1 in the conference, travels to the Vadalabene Center for a 7:45 p.m. matchup. The Cougars then take to the road for games against Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside this weekend. "Both of these teams have played up and down during the season. Each game is winnable for us if we go an the road and play well."
SIUE takes on Lewis, 8-13 overall and 6-9 in the GLVC, on Thursday (2/15) at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday (2/17), the Cougars face Wisconsin-Parkside, 9-12 overall and 6-9 in the conference at 3:15 p.m. Marty Perry (Jacksonville) led the team in points with 22 and 17 points, respectively, while also grabbing 12 rebounds. Perry leads the team with 15.4 points per game, field-goal percentage (55.7), free throw percentage (87.0) and three-point field goal percentage (46.9). Nick Hartwig (South Wayne, Wis.) also finished with two strong performances. Hartwig recorded 22 points and 13 rebounds in both wins. He is averaging 8.4 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game.