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April 18, 2000

Teaching Awards For 2000 Announced At Convocation

Elizabeth Fonseca, a professor of Spanish for Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, has been chosen to receive the university's 2000 Teaching Excellence Award, the highest honor that can be awarded an SIUE faculty member.

She received a $2,000 prize recently at the annual Honors Convocation and also will be awarded a plaque of recognition at the May 6 commencement.

Awards also will be given at the April 16 Honors Convocation to: Wayne Ellis, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and program coordinator for the Nurse Anesthesia Specialization; Wendy Shaw, associate professor of Geography; Susan Thomas, associate professor of Psychology; and E. Duff Wrobbel, assistant professor of Speech Communication. Each recognition awardee will receive a $500 prize.

Ten nominees were considered by members of a university-wide committee of faculty and student representatives who made the final selection. Fonseca was chosen as an "exceptional educator who provides learning opportunities for students both inside and outside the classroom."

In recommending Fonseca, Kathleen Bueno, an assistant professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, said: "Dr. Fonseca's efforts to foster connections across the university and with the community represent one of the hallmark's of exemplary teaching." Fonseca, who earned a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Iowa, teaches a wide variety of courses in Spanish language and Latin American literature and culture.

She also participates in a team-taught, interdisciplinary course in General Business Administration, bringing a unique cultural perspective to this course about business operations.

Last year, Fonseca and other SIUE School of Business faculty led a service project to Mexico that enabled students from a variety of academic disciplines to increase their sensitivities to cultural differences while also helping build cement blockhouses for in a poor neighborhood. The project has served as a pilot for a new interdisciplinary course involving field work and service: "The Global Marketplace: Culture, Gender, and International Production."

Since joining the faculty in 1986, Fonseca has offered a weekly conversation hour in Spanish that has included students, faculty, and interested community members, as well as teachers and students from the public schools. As faculty adviser for the Latin Awareness Student Organization, Fonseca has helped organize community service projects as well as cultural events.

According to the award winning professor, her final goal in every class is "to be able to convey that we live in a multicultural world. We speak different languages and have different beliefs," she said, "yet, we form one unit."

Ellis began teaching at SIUE in 1997; he also serves as a staff nurse anesthetist at Washington University in St. Louis. Colleagues in the School of Nursing say one of Ellis' strengths is his ability to incorporate into lectures a wide range of experiences in the field of anesthesia, dating to 1964 when he began a military career. In addition to honors from both the U.S. and Vietnamese governments and the U.S. military, Ellis was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society in 1995 and currently is a member of Who's Who in the World.

Colleagues also say Ellis' students respect and admire him, that Ellis' insights and understanding "have helped him grow personally as a teaching professional." They also say his teaching style reflects "a calm and caring attitude."

Shaw, a native of England, received a doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1994 and joined the SIUE faculty the same year as a specialist in the geography of development. She teaches Cultural Geography, Physical Geography, and a graduate seminar in History and Philosophy of Geography. She also advises the international honor society for Geography majors.

Geography Chair Noble R. Thompson III said this about his colleague: "It is common to see Dr. Shaw crossing the campus, going to her class wearing the typical dress and carrying food or objects common to the culture or country she and her students are studying at the time." On her style of teaching, Shaw says she stresses: "appreciation and understanding of other cultures" as well as active integration of knowledge through innovative assignments, such as keeping a diary of international events.

She also practices a "commitment to utilizing the enormous power of technology and the internet within my classes for the benefit of students."

Thomas, who holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has been a member of the SIUE faculty since 1991. A specialist in Social Psychology, Thomas also teaches Introduction to Statistics and Methods of Psychological Inquiry. She also is coordinator of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Psychology. Describing her teaching philosophy, Thomas notes that "active learning, critical thinking, self-schematic processing and self-growth" represent core components of her approach.

"What this means," says Thomas, "is that students are forced to become more than just passive receptacles for information; they must actively integrate, synthesize, and use the information to which they are exposed."

Wrobbel's teaching style often is described as dynamic by colleagues and students. He teaches courses in speech communication, public speaking, interpersonal communication skills, and others ranging from freshman level courses to graduate seminars.

Wrobbel, who holds a doctorate in Speech Communication from the University of Texas, was instrumental in designing the capstone Senior project for Speech Communication majors, which has been recognized as one of the best senior project programs on campus.

Service Award, Honorary Degrees To Be Given May 6

Chancellor Emeritus James M. Brown, also an emeritus English professor at SIUE and a long-time administrator and educator throughout the SIU system, will receive the SIUE Distinguished Service Award at the May 6 Commencement.

In addition, Emeritus English Professor William T. Going, another pioneer in SIUE's history, and Emeritus History Professor Patrick W. Riddleberger, also an SIUE pioneer, will each receive Doctor of Humane Letters at the May 6 event.

One year after his initial appointment as a faculty member of the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature in 1965, Brown was appointed an assistant to SIU system Vice President Robert MacVicar. Two years later, Brown was named an assistant to SIUE's first chancellor, John Rendleman. In 1969, SIU President Delyte W. Morris added Brown to his staff.

The following year, the SIU Board of Trustees abolished the office of system president and created a decentralized administrative structure for SIU campuses. Brown was chosen as the first chief of Board Staff; in 1974, his position and title changed to general secretary of the SIU system. Five years later, the SIU board established the position of chancellor and Brown served in an acting capacity.

In 1979, Brown assumed the role of system vice chancellor, a position he held until 1986 when once again he was asked to serve as acting chancellor. He then returned to the vice chancellor role and served in that capacity for five years, during which time his title was changed to vice chancellor emeritus for the SIU system and professor emeritus at SIUE. He was appointed SIU chancellor in 1991 and later named chancellor emeritus in 1995.

Brown graduated from Rice University in 1942 with a bachelor of arts in Chemistry, going on to earn a master of science in Meteorology from the California Institute of Technology in 1943, and a master of arts in 1948 and a doctorate in 1951, both in English, from the State University of Iowa. He is author of several books on the subject of technical writing and business communications, as well as several short stories.

Going also was a significant force in the evolution of SIU Edwardsville, serving at what was then known as the SIU Service Center in Alton during the very early years of SIU's educational venture into Southwestern Illinois. He began the 1957-58 academic year inaugurating SIU's operations at the former Shurtleff College campus in Alton. With other faculty, he developed the university's academic program and enrolled the first class at the Alton campus.

In 1958, as dean of instruction, Going recruited and hired the faculty who would teach at the residence centers and also staffed the fledgling Edwardsville campus. Going is credited with establishing academic standards at SIUE based on the premise that teaching and scholarship best flourish as intertwined enterprises.

He earned a baccalaureate in 1936 from the University of Alabama, a master's in 1938 from Duke University, and a doctorate in English language and literature from the University of Michigan in 1954. In 1973, Going's achievements were acknowledged with the Outstanding Educator of America Award and the SIUE President's Award of Merit.

Riddleberger has distinguished himself as a highly regarded scholar who has authored several books and a variety of articles and reviews. He has contributed significantly to his field of expertise, American reconstructionist history, and is author of 1866: The Critical Year Revisited and Restoration and Reconstruction, 1865-1880.

A Fulbright scholar in 1964-65, Riddleberger lectured at Maradwatha University in India and served as interim director of the American Studies Research Centre and Library at Hyderabad, India. Riddleberger joined the SIUE faculty in 1960 and demonstrated excellence in teaching, careful research, and significant service to the university and to the community. He served as a role model and mentor to new faculty and was recipient of the SIUE Outstanding Professor Award in 1961, the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award for senior faculty in 1972, the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award in 1981, and the Outstanding Scholar Award in spring 1993.

He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1939, and earned a master's and doctorate in history from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1993, Riddleberger was given the SIUE President's Award of Merit.

Asst. Professor's New Book Is Dizzy About '34 Cards

You wouldn't think a Chicago boy whose father played for the Chicago White Sox organization would be the slightest bit interested in writing a book about the St. Louis Cardinals. But you might say Doug Feldmann is a little bit "Dizzy" over St. Louis' 1934 World Champs.

Feldmann's book, Dizzy and the Gas House Gang, chronicles one of the great seasons in baseball lore, bringing to light the role the '34 Cards played in giving the nation a respite from the Great Depression. "The players in that era were not overly concerned with stardom," said Feldmann, assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction. "They were just happy to have jobs," he pointed out.

"When the Depression hit most everyone had to take a (pay) cut. The players that played in the 1934 World Series needed that winner 's share of the playoff money. It made for a particularly hard-fought series."

Led by Dizzy and Paul Dean, and player-manager Frankie Frisch, the Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in seven games. At the time, the Cardinals were the southernmost and westernmost franchise in the major leagues and, according to Feldmann, their success made baseball less of an "eastern" game.

In researching the book, Feldmann, who does some scouting for the San Diego Padres baseball organization, used old newspaper accounts of the season and trips to the players' hometowns and other places where they lived. He also relied on Mickey Owen, who, even though he did not play for the 1934 team, spent time as a Cardinals players in the late 1930s and was Dizzy Dean's catcher.

Feldmann says there was at least one major difference between the game of the 1930s and today's play. "The players for the '34 Cardinals-and for most teams around the league-were from out-of-the-way small towns," he said. "With little opportunity on the farms that were drying up in the Dust Bowl, young men tried their luck in professional baseball.

"One writer of the era wrote, 'The players are going on the notion that it's better to be a well-fed ballplayer than a hungry bond salesman.'"

Professor Smith's Show To Help Endow Scholarship

Mike Smith's current show at the Morris Center Gallery-Ancient Symbols: Modern Images, One Hundred Perceptions of the I-Ching-consists of paintings that incorporate imagery and ideas from the 64 hexagrams that make up the I-Ching (EE-JING), the ancient Book of Changes.

Included in the exhibition is a set of 64 paintings offered for sale as one unit at a cost of $64,000, a major portion of which would endow a scholarship program for students from China to attend SIUE.

The exhibition runs through April 28 in the second-floor Morris gallery and is being presented by The University Museum. Gallery hours are 10 am.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

The I Ching, about 5,000 years old, is one of the oldest available sources of spiritual wisdom. Legend has it that Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi was responsible for its creation, although there are different stories concerning where he found his inspiration. One legend tells the story of a dragon-like creature that climbed from the water near the emperor as he was meditating.

According to the legend, Fu Hsi created diagrams representing patterns from the scales of the creature, believing the diagrams would be sufficient to encompass all wisdom.

The emperor's creation consisted of eight symbols, each made up of three lines (trigrams). These in turn could signify either elements of the Yin-female power, or gentleness, or Yang-the male power, or strength. Mathematically, there are eight combinations of Yin and Yang in three lines (23=8).

In 1143 BCE, King Wen, while under sentence of death, placed the eight trigrams in pairs to produce the 64 "hexagrams" (six-lined symbols) with which we are now familiar (82 = 64). His son, the Duke of Chou, added a commentary on each line in each hexagram and on the symbolism (known as the Hsiang Chuan, or the 'image' of a hexagram).

Over the centuries, I Ching has continued to be recognized, and even given religious significance, before it came to France in the 19th century. In the early 20th century, a German translation of I Ching was published by Richard Wilhelm, which still forms the basis of many of the published I Ching texts.


Along with SIUE's Head Start Program, the Community Coalition Against Violence observed National Victims' Rights Week with a ceremony April 10 in the City Council Chambers of the East St. Louis Municipal Building. The ceremony included a memorial service for last year's murder victims from East St. Louis and the surrounding area, a total of 32. Surviving friends and family were welcome to attend and brought pairs of shoes belonging to their loved ones. Organizers of the event say the victims' shoes symbolizes the loss and the empty space left by the tragedies. Shown above is Katherine Allen, mother of a 1998 murder victim. For more information about the organization, call Francella Jackson, (618) 482-6789, or Patti Bortko, (618) 482-8309. Below, Bortko, staff development and violence education coordinator for SIUE Head Start, is shown placing cards on a tree at the ceremony in memory of loved ones lost to violent acts. (SIUE Photo)

Early Childhood Center Receives NAEYC Approval

Folks at the Early Childhood Center must be doing something right because they find themselves in a very elite group.

The center is among only 7 percent of early childhood programs in the nation to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. And, they've done it for the third time.

"We are very proud to have achieved this status, which is valid through Feb. 28, 2003, because it recognizes we are dedicated to providing a high quality program for young children and their families," says Stephanie Henschen, acting director of the Early Childhood Center.

According to Henschen, NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate they meet national standards of excellence. She said some 15,000 programs seek accreditation from the organization.

"The heart of NAEYC accreditation focuses on the child's experience," said Barbara Willer, a spokesperson for the national organization. "The process carefully considers all aspects of a program including health and safety, staffing, staff qualification, and physical environment.

"The greatest emphasis is on the children's relationship with the staff and how the program helps each child grow and learn intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally."

The SIUE facility serves about 65 children ages two to five, providing developmentally appropriate toddler and preschool programs, Henschen said. "We offer children opportunities to make choices for themselves in an educationally sound environment," she points out.

For more information about the NAEYC's accreditation process, browse the Web site: or call (202) 232-8777 or (800) 424-2460.

Early Chidhood Center Plans Vehicle Day April 26

If it moves, carries, pushes, pulls, lifts, roars or honks, it may be on display at the annual Vehicle Day sponsored by the Early Childhood Center from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 26.

"Last year, more than 400 children from surrounding community early childhood programs attended the event here on campus," said Stephanie Henschen, acting director of the center. "This year we're expecting just as many children-if not more-to discover, touch, and, of course, sit in the driver's seat of a wide variety of vehicles."

Henschen said last year's Vehicle Day display included a charter bus, a police car, a taxi, a hearse and a U.S. Army Humvee. She continues to seek organizations to volunteer vehicles or other modes of transport-including a helicopter, a recreational vehicle and a limousine-for inclusion in this year's event.

"We want to expand our exhibit of common and unique vehicles that children of all ages will find fascinating," she said. Those interested in volunteering a vehicle can contact the Early Childhood Center at (618) 650-2556 or toll-free from St. Louis at (888) 328-5168, ext. 2556.

News & Events

April 27-May 3-

Children's Theater: SIUE's Season for the Child offers its final production of the 1999-2000 season with Bob Kramer's Marionettes performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in Dunham Hall theater. Sponsored by Friends of Theater and Dance, a support group for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, and TheBANK of Edwardsville, Season for the Child offers four shows annually for family entertainment. Proceeds sponsor FOTAD's scholarship program for SIUE theater and dance students. Tickets for the April 29 show are $5 and are available through the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.

Readings: SIUE student writers, who contributed to this year's River Bluff Review, will read from their works at a 7 p.m. benefit Friday, April 28, at Sacred Grounds coffeehouse in downtown Edwardsville. The review is published annually by the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature and edited and written by SIUE students, featuring poetry and short stories. In addition, work from Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal published by the department, also will be read at the benefit. Featured authors who will read include Allison Funk, Lloyd Kropp, Rosemary Monaco, Eugene B. Redmond, Darlene Roy, John Savoie, and Jeffrey Skoblow.

More Writers: The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club will present its annual Fresh and Ancestral: New Xpressions at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in the city council chambers of the Municipal Building, 301 River Park Drive, East St. Louis. The club was created by Redmond of the SIUE English faculty. For more information, call (618) 650-3991.

Music: Mozart's Mass in C-minor, K. 427, and Flos Campi by Vaughan Williams will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 27-28, in Dunham Hall theater, with Associate Professor Michael Mishra conducting the SIUE Orchestra and Assistant Professor Joel Knapp conducting the SIUE Concert Choir. Violist Christine Hinson, a member of the SIUE Music faculty, will be featured soloist for the Vaughan Williams. Tickets are $3; students, $2. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3900.

More Music: Student piano recitals are scheduled from 9 a.m.-Noon Saturday, April 29, and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, all in the John C. Abbott Auditorium in the basement of Lovejoy Library. For more information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900, or, from St. Louis toll-free (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3900.

Co-op: Volunteers are being sought to work at the Share Food Food Co-op from 8 a.m.-Noon Saturday, April 29, to help package and distribute food. Participants must wear work clothes, sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. No transportation will be provided but participants are asked to depart together at 8 a.m. from SIUE's Parking Lot B and return to the same lot at noon. There is no fee to participate, but volunteers must make a reservation by calling the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686.

SBDC: The SIUE Small Business Development Center will offer Accounting Records II from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Room 1101 of 200 University Park Drive, fee is $50 which includes a textbook, instructor is Carl Weakley. For more information, call the SBDC, (618) 650-2929.

SPORTS: Cougar Baseball plays host to Lincoln at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Roy E. Lee Field. Cougar Track plays host to the SIUE Twilight meet Friday-Saturday, April 28-29, at Korte Stadium.

Our Cups Runneth Over!

Keep a lid on it, but Dining Services is offering a limited supply of recyclable drink cups that come with a refill offer.

Though the bright red cups encourage thirsty consumers to "Drink Coca-Cola," any of the Center Food Court's soft drink beverages can be used in the cups which sell for just $1.25.

Bring the cup-which is roughly the size of the existing large drink cups-back for a refill and it will cost just 79 cents. The refill offer continues indefinitely.

But hurry, hurry! Larry Thorpes of Dining Services says that just 400 of the cups were ordered for this initial trial.

Employees Recognized For Service To The University

Many of the more than 200 employees enjoyed some gentle ribbing at their expense during the Annual Service Awards recognition ceremony recently.

They were recognized for service of 10 or more years to the university. More than 130 employees who have completed five years service were sent certificates and lapel pins for recognition of service.

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years, and who were honored at the reception are listed here by length of service:

40 Years

Ralph Axtell and Francine Marti.

35 Years

Larry Hinton, George Luedke Jr., Nadine Verderber, and Philip "Gene" Violette.

30 years

Daniel Anderson, James Andris, David Ault, Emmet Beetner, Sharon Boomer, Philip Calcagno, Carol Deconcini, Jane Denny, Tom Dippel, William Hamrick, Dennis Harper, Nancy Harris, George Henderson, Roger Hill, Chung-Wu Ho, Janet Hunsche, Kenneth Kleinman, Dolores Kohler, Sandra Leady, Edward Leardi, Leonard Long, Robert Malone, Sylvia Mitchell, Susan Nall, Carol O'Grady, James Owens, Fred Robbins, James Stein, John Taylor, Anthony Traxler, and Robert Wolf.

25 Years

Patricia Barinotti, M Carver Jr., Mark Drucker, Dixie Engelman, John Farrell III, Thomas Gipe, Dennis Hostetler, Gail Hughes, Cynthia Jones, Lloyd Kropp, Cherie Kuhn, Dianne Lynch, Michael Mason, Clyde Nabe, Barbara Peterson, Denise Scannell, David Schwartz, Gregory Stewart, Phyllis Werner, Vera Whyers, and Frances Willis.

20 years

Jamila Ajanaku, Cecily "Nora" Baker, Deanna Barnett, Michele Bensa, Donna Blackwell, Margaret Busse, Hau-Cheung Chow, David Clelland, Leola Corona, Sue Daniels, Lynn Dieterich, Kris Eberle, Cynthia Gale, Jill Garbs, William Goebel, Wendy Hedberg, Debra Hoge, Barbara Kessel, Emily Krohn, Kerri Laughlin, Valerie Meyer, Patricia Miller, Delsie Monken, Bessie Moore, Allen Otsuka, Mary Pratt, Patricia Rzewnicki, Letitia Schumacher, Andrea Smythe, Luke Snell, and Steven Sperotto.

15 Years

Stephen Allen, Randi Allison, Donna Bardon, Eric Barnett, Jen-Shiun Chen, David Cordes, Therese Dickman, Charles Dugan, Beverly Elliott, Gary Fischer, Tamara Foiles, Virginia Freyer, Valerie Goldston, Gloria Hartmann, Brenda Harvey, Rick Haydon, James Hazelip, David Jenkins, Sharon Kaufman, Dennis Kitz, Robert Klepper, Thomas Koehne, Larry Krapf, Chiang Lin, Denise Macdonald, Barbara Martin, Betty Matesa, Carla Micheletto, Frederick Morrison, Patricia Nihill, Cindy Ostrander, Michael "Mick" Ostrander, Mary Peters-Grandone, Laura Piel, Kenneth Rankin, Shari Renken, Lisa Scheldt, Loyd Schleyhahn, Wei-Kei Shiue, Emma Spencer, Susan Stephan, Donald Strickland, Joe Swift, Don Take, Deanna Taylor, Michelle Taylor, Patricia Traxler, Susan Trebing, Kathy Del Turner, Jacob Van Roekel, Toni Whittaker, Yvonne Williams, David Winnett, Trong Wu, Billie Yates, and M. Ziegler.

10 years

Gloria Atkins, John Bell, Tony Bennett, Janice Bloodworth, Timothy Brown, Gayla Bruning, Hugh Burris Jr., Cynthia Bush, Glennita Clendenen, Treva Daley, Lela DeToye, Emmanuel Eneyo, Timothy Engelman, Jerry Fahey, Rickey Ford, Cindy Fulton, Allison Funk, William Gallagher, Donald Goree, Dorothy Gross, Keqin Gu, Susan Hall, Lori Haring, Neal Henschen, Eric Hess, Bradley Hewitt, Willie Johnson, Loretta Jones, Willie Jones, Dale Keilbach, Brian Korbesmeyer, Ali Kutan, Lynn Lewis, Chunqing Lu, Nanette Markovitch, Denise McMillen, Beverly Meyer, Cathy Meyers, Tennessee Nelson, Ellen Nore, Leah O'Brien, Jodi Olson, Nader Panahshahi, Earleen Patterson, Mary Polite, Kathleen Porter, Arnette Powe, Robert Pritchard, Michelle Pugh, Eugene Redmond, Nader Saniei, Kurt Schoenborn, Michael Schultz, Linda Skelton, Curtis Smith, Charles Thompson, Karol Trowbridge, Carolyn Tucker, Dennis Tucker, Ezio Vailati, Patricia Wellen, Lillie Williams, Bobette Wojcik, Laura Wolff, Jill Yates, and Anthony Zillen.

Operation Facelift

The tally is in and the ayes have it-893 to 547, for a total of 1,400 votes, which is the highest number cast in any student election in the history of the university. The vote was in favor of raising the Morris University Center Fee for students to $45 per semester to fund much needed repair and remodeling of the 33-year-old structure. More details about the election and its outcome will appear later.

Softball Plays Host To The GLIAC-GLVC Challenge

Gordon Moore Park in Alton will be the host site of what figures to be a very important weekend for NCAA Division II softball in the Midwest.

Thirteen teams from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) will begin play on Thursday, April 20, with the final game scheduled for Saturday evening, April 22.

The opponents for the tournament, which includes 31 games on three fields, have been predetermined. The five GLIAC schools will play six games each. The eight GLVC schools will play four games each. Five of the top six schools in the Great Lakes region will be playing at the third annual GLIAC-GLVC Challenge.

The results from those games are sure to have an impact on bids for the NCAA Division II Tournament, set for May 12-13.

No. 18 Softball Suffers Three Losses

The Cougar softball team plays host to its final home doubleheader of the season Wednesday, April 19, when Missouri-Rolla invades Cougar Field at 5 p.m. The Cougars also are the host for the GLIAC-GLVC Challenge Thursday through Saturday at Alton's Gordon Moore Park.

Coach Sandy Montgomery knows a lot is riding on this week's games. "We are coming down to the wire. There is a lot of pressure on Wisconsin-Parkside, Lewis, and us to perform well this weekend. And whoever does the job will come out on top."

SIUE, ranked No. 18 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), is 32-14 overall and 16-6 in the conference after dropping three of four games last weekend at Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis. "We played well against two top teams but didn't hit well," Montgomery said. "Our defense was outstanding. We outplayed both teams on the field but the timely hits was the difference in the ball games." Montgomery said she got great pitching once again from her staff.

Sara Obrecht (Gifford) pitched all 15 innings in the 1-0 win over Wisconsin-Parkside. Obrecht also threw game one against Lewis. Her record is now 15-5 on the season with a team-leading 1.20 earned run average. Katie Young (Normal) pitched a strong second game against Lewis. Young gave up two earned runs on five hits in six innings. She is now 5-1 on the year with a 1.22 ERA.

Katie Waldo (Peoria) went 7 for 16 with a triple last weekend to push her batting average to .408. Waldo leads the team with 39 stolen bases. She is second on the team in batting average behind Erin Newman (Fairfield, Calif.), who is batting .440.

Baseball Creeping Up on GLVC Leaders

Cougar Baseball continues its conference schedule this week with matchups against Southern Indiana and Quincy at home. SIUE plays Southern Indiana in one game Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at 3 at Roy E. Lee Field. The Cougars then face Quincy for a single game on Friday, April 21, at 1 p.m. and a noon doubleheader on Saturday, April 22.

Coach Gary Collins said this weekend is important to the standings. Quincy is tied with the Cougars for second place, one behind first place Missouri-St. Louis, while Southern Indiana is in fourth place in the conference. "This is a key week for us. We have one team chasing us and another one tied with us," Collins said. "After this week, however, the schedule favors us. We just need to keep our head above water this weekend."

The Cougars, 23-17 overall and 11-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, won three of their four games on the road last weekend. They split with Lewis while sweeping Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday.

Dave Crouthers (Edwardsville) pitched extremely well, starting both games against Wisconsin-Parkside. Crouthers pitched seven strong innings on 74 pitches in the 2-0 win in game one. He then started the nightcap and went 4 2/3 innings. Crouthers gave up four hits and one earned run in 11-plus innings of work.

Dan Sergott (O'Fallon) picked up the win in game two against Wisconsin-Parkside, allowing just one hit in his 4-plus innings of work.

Jared Wood (Cairo, Mo.) also had a strong outing. Wood earned his first win of the season in game one against Lewis. He pitched four innings in the 9-8 come-from-behind, 10-inning victory. Mark Bugger (Edwardsville) continues to lead the Cougars in hitting with a .455 batting average.

Seventh-Seeded Men's Tennis Readies for GLVC Tournament

Men's tennis travels to Indianapolis for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22. As No. 7 seed, SIUE finished the regular season with a record of 3-8 overall and 3-6 in the conference.

The Cougars play No. 2 seed Indianapolis, 8-1 in the GLVC, in the first round, beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Indianapolis North Central Tennis Center. The second round of play is at 1 p.m. on Friday while round three starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. All eight of the teams will play three matches this weekend.

Track Wants Momentum To Carry Cougar Torch

Men's and Women's Track teams prepare for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships this Saturday in Indianapolis. Coach Darryl Frerker said he looks for the momentum of the last few meets to carry over into this weekend's competition. "It is going to be tough to defeat Lewis," he said. "I look for the women to place second behind Lewis, but they are going to have to perform well to do so."

On the men's side, Frerker said he believes it is anybody's meet from second to fifth place. "Lewis and Indianapolis are looking tough. The men finished fourth in the indoor championships earlier this year, so I look for an improvement in placement. However, the guys will have to step it up a notch."

The women's team finished third last weekend at the McKendree Bearcat Invitational. Ann Miklovic (St. Louis, Mo.) set a school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 15 seconds. Chenoa Glenn (Ferguson, Mo.), Miklovic, Alexis Schweinberg (Normal), and Tamekia Howard (Florissant, Mo.) ran the 4x400-meter relay and set an SIUE record with a time of 3:59.43. Howard finished first in the 400-meter run at 59.80, while Glenn placed first in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:07.75. Lisa Ribes (Benld) also finished first in her event. She ran the 1,500-meter in a time of 4:52.48.

For the men, Ryan Gold (Hartford), Tyrone Walker (East St. Louis), Joe Pashea (Collinsville), and Marqus Hall (Hillside) set a new SIUE record in the 4x200-meter relay last weekend with a time of 1:30.50. Jason Olszowka (Lockport) finished first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.15. George Murphy (Virden) also finished first in the javelin throw with a distance of 185 feet, nine inches. The Cougars finished fifth in the team standings.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 19-

Baseball vs. Southern Indiana (DH), 3 p.m.; Softball vs. Missouri-Rolla (DH), 5 p.m.

Friday, April 21-

Baseball vs. Quincy, 1 p.m.

Softball vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (at Alton)

Softball vs. Ferris State, 3 p.m. (at Alton)

Men's Tennis at GLVC Championships (Indianapolis)

Saturday, April 22-

Baseball vs. Quincy (DH), Noon

Softball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 11 a.m. (at Alton)

Softball vs. Ashland, 1 p.m. (at Alton)

Track at GLVC Championships (Indianapolis)

Men's Tennis at GLVC Championships (Indianapolis)

Wednesday, April 26-

Baseball vs. McKendree, 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 27-

Baseball vs. Lincoln, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 28-

Softball at GLVC Tournament (Romeoville, Ill.)

Track - SIUE Twilight

Saturday, April 29-

Baseball at Indianapolis (DH), Noon

Softball at GLVC Tournament (Romeoville, Ill.)

Track - SIUE Twilight

Women's Golf at John A. Logan Inv.

Sunday, April 30-

Baseball at Northern Kentucky (DH), Noon

Softball at GLVC Tournament (Romeoville, Ill.)

Women's Golf at John A. Logan Inv.

Six Provost Candidates To Be Interviewed In April, May

After considering 34 applications and conducting preliminary interviews, the search committee invited six candidates for on-campus interviews for the position of provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. Here's the remaining schedule:

• Sharon Hahs, Dean of the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences- April 20, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Room 3021 Lovejoy Library, and April 21, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, MUC Red Bud Room.

• Brenda Cherry, professor and dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts-April 24, 3-4:30 p.m., MUC Mississippi Room, and April 25, 9:30-11 a.m., MUC Hickory/Hackberry Room.

• Roger Bennett, dean of the College of Education, head of the Professional Education Unit and professor of Educational Administration at Southwest Missouri State University-April 27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, MUC Hickory Room, and April 28, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, TBA

• David Sill, acting SIUE provost-May 1, 1:30-3 p.m., MUC Maple/Dogwood Room, and May 2, 10:30-Noon, MUC Maple/Dogwood Room.

• William Swart, dean and professor of the College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University-May 3, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, MUC Mississippi Room, and May 4, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, MUC Hackberry Room.

Check the website, for posting of vita information. During each visit, two open meetings will be scheduled, providing opportunities for employees to meet candidates and to give feedback to the search committee.

Feedback can be provided using the evaluation forms available at the open meetings and posted on the Web site, or by e-mail:

$38K DCCA Grant Boosts Recycling Program At SIUE

Recycling at SIUE received another boost this year with a $38,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) for improvements to the recycling center at Cougar Village and for new recycling receptacles throughout campus.

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has received the newest grant which makes a total of $180,300 in DCCA funds brought to campus by EHS for its recycling program since 1996. There were 45 applications this year, with 25 chosen to be funded, according to David McDonald, coordinator of EHS.

"DCCA has been instrumental in helping to build our program," McDonald said. "We've been able to purchase most of our equipment with the agency's help." According to McDonald, this newest round of funding will put a roof over the recycling center, just east of Cougar Village, which serves the residential areas on campus. In addition, part of the grant will be used to pave the road from Cougar Lake Drive to the center so large trucks will be better able to access the center.

"By putting the center under a shelter, the quality of our recycling materials will be better protected and, in turn, will be worth more to our recycling outlets," McDonald explained. "The better the quality of the recyclables, the better the rebate. The shelter also will protect valuable recycling equipment."

The shelter for the center and the paving is estimated to cost $12,000, while another $13,000 will go for 22 new outdoor recycling containers in Cougar Village. Each container will have compartments for separating materials, McDonald said. In addition, $10,500 will be spent for 28 additional receptacles for aluminum throughout the core campus. The remaining $2,500 of the grant will be used for miscellaneous recycling equipment, such as a power stacker for cardboard baling and multi-bin recycling carts for transporting recycling bins, McDonald said.

"These improvements will enhance our program," he said, "by providing better protection for equipment and recyclables and at the same time making it more convenient for the university community to continue recycling efforts."

Give Blood

The Red Cross Blood Drive at SIUE is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, in the second-floor Conference Center of the Morris Center. The drive, with a goal of 120 pints, is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. For more information, Ext. 2686.

eMBA Launched By SIUE School Of Business

The World Wide Web is growing by two million pages every day. In two years, there will be more web pages than people on the plane. E-commerce sales will top the one-trillion-dollar mark, jobs are being created by the advent of internet services, careers are being made.

This fall, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) will offer a new graduate program designed to help students get their feet in the "e-door." SIUE's eMBA will take the best of a traditional MBA program and combine it with non-traditional electronic business instruction.

SIUE is the first accredited university in the St. Louis region to offer an MBA specialization in e-Business. "Businesses are in great need of e-Business-savvy people," said Robert Carver, dean of the SIUE School of Business. "Any number of businesses and industries are being drawn to the internet as a way of doing business.

"They need people to guide them. They need people who can tell them what the internet can and should do for them and their customers, and how best to fashion their internet presence. The SIUE eMBA will bolster students' business acumen and provide them with e-Business skills that will make them more marketable."

Carver said SIUE's eMBA will include e-Business courses, such as internet marketing, cyber law, and management in a "dot-com world." He said an advisory board of business professionals helped to create the eMBA, and that the program is tailored to give students access to these and other e-business entrepreneurs.

The advisory board includes: Keith Alper, co-founder and CEO of Creative Producers Group; Mike Conley, chairman and CEO of GeneraLife and the "creator" of the first virtual life insurance company; Sanajy Jain, chairman and founder of WorkNet Communications Inc.; Dan Lauer, CEO of Haystack Toys; and Randy Schilling, CEO, Solutech.

"These e-Business professionals have helped us create a program that will ensure our graduates will be ready to step to the forefront of the 'e-revolution,' " Carver said. "They will be ready for a bright future helping to guide their company's electronic Business efforts."

For more on the SIUE eMBA visit online:; or call Greg Gomez, director of graduate recruitment, at 618-650-2981. From St. Louis, call toll free, (888) 328-5168, ext. 2981.

School Of Business Creates International 'China Track'

SIUE's business, language and culture courses just took a turn to the east with the inclusion of an international business "China track."

SIUE received a two-year, U.S. Department of Education grant covering the "start-up"costs for the addition of five new courses, the revision of key School of Business courses to include a Chinese and Asian perspective, and joint curriculum projects that will link faculty and students to two Chinese universities.

Economics Professor Stanford Levin wrote the grant along with Geert Pallemans, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Levin said the curriculum changes address two major needs of students. "The Chinese economy is expanding," Levin said. "In 1992, it was 40 percent of the size of the U.S. economy. In 2020, it will be 40 percent larger than the U.S. economy.

"Including a Chinese perspective in the business school curriculum and offering courses in Chinese language and culture is essential to preparing students for the global marketplace." Levin added that most students are not financially able to study abroad. The curriculum expansion, and particularly the joint classroom activities, "will bring the international experience to students."

With the announcement, the School of Business and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature will begin building on past success at revising courses and curricula in order to deliver the new Chinese focus. The two faculties have worked together to deliver similar tracks in Latin American and European studies. "Typically, you'll find most schools geared toward European studies," Levin said. "A 'China track,' such as the one we are developing, is unusual."

Students majoring in business can opt for the China track, but Levin said the new courses extend benefits beyond business majors and beyond those students who choose to study the language and culture of China. "First, we have core courses that are required of all business majors and are optional for all students," said Levin.

"These core courses will be altered to add a China emphasis. Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture courses also will be added, and those courses can be taken by students regardless of major." The new courses begin in fall 2001.

Health Screenings On Campus Tuesday, May 2

University Personnel Services and Health Service have arranged for two health screening opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

Screenings for breast and prostate cancer are offered as follows: mammograms will be offered through arrangements with Barnes-Jewish Hospital Mammography Van (associated with Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology) on Tuesday, May 2 to females age 40 or older who: have not had a mammogram in the past year, have no symptoms of breast cancer (such as lumps or dimpling), do not have breast implants, have not had breast cancer, or are not pregnant.

It takes approximately 15 minutes, and the fee is $85. The results are reported to your personal physician. The Mammography Van will be parked on the hairpin in front of Peck Hall. To schedule an appointment, call Janet Kleinmann, Ext. 2100.

Employees covered by the Quality Care health plan should be sure to bring their insurance cards with them as Mallinckrodt will bill Unicare direct. Prudential HealthCare HMO members are eligible for mammogram screening recommended and provided by their HMO providers only. HMO and POS members who use the on-campus screening will be expected to make payment at the time of the screening. HMO members will not be reimbursed. Prudential Healthcare POS members may be eligible for 80 percent reimbursement if their out-of-network deductible has been met.

That same day, prostate screenings also will be offered by SIUE Health Service. The examination consists of a PSA blood test and is available to men age 50 or older (or younger with identified concerns). The results may be given to the individual or sent to their personal physician with a signed release. The cost of the examination is $30.

To schedule an appointment, call Mary Ann Raymond, Ext. 2844. Payment will be required at the time of the screening. Members of the Quality Care health plan should submit their itemized bill, with a claim form (available from the Offices of Human Resources) to Unicare. Prudential HealthCare HMO members are eligible for prostate screening recommended and provided by their HMO providers only. HMO members who use the on-campus screening will not be reimbursed. POS members may be eligible for 80 percent reimbursement if their out-of-network deductible has been met.

For more information, call Personnel, Ext. 2190.

Fulbright Study Application Packets Available On The World Wide Web

Apply for a Fulbright and see the world. It's an incredible experience and one that will benefit not only a faculty member but also students.

Kevin McClearey, associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research, says the application process can seem complicated because the Fulbright criteria can be very specific, but the results are worth the trouble. "We understand that it could also be difficult for faculty who have families to think about travel halfway around the globe," McClearey said.

"But, the Fulbright program makes a strong effort to assist its scholars' dependents. The international experience can also be an unforgettable family opportunity.

"As for the scholars, the experience not only benefits them professionally but also helps contribute to the international flavor and scope of the campus," McClearey said. "Faculty come back with a new perspective and knowledge which also contributes to that flavor. And, students also benefit.

"Anytime a faculty member has an an opportunity for enrichment, it shows up in the classroom, it shows up in their research, which can, and often does, involve students. Faculty come back excited and are ready to share that with students."

McClearey said application packets are available on the World Wide Web for Fulbright lecturing, lecturing/research, and research awards worldwide. Those are located at Application deadline is Aug. 1.

Some 800 scholar awards in 130 countries will be offered. Approximately one-fifth are for research and four-fifths are for lecturing, combined lecturing and research, or seminar participation.

For more information, contact Lil Manning, Ext. 3114, or by e-mail:

May 15 Deadline Set For Hoppe Award Applications

Applications for the Hoppe Research Professor Award are due May 15 in the appropriate dean's office.

The Hoppe Research Professor is a two-year appointment which carries 50 percent released time, a 25 percent graduate assistantship, and $1,000 in support lines for each year. Two awards will be made this first year.

Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate School's R&D Committee and awards will be announced by June 15. The appointment will begin Fall Semester.

For applications or for additional information, call the Graduate School, Ext. 3010.

Ethics Conference 2000 Looks At Key Issues For Teachers

Do institutions of higher learning have a duty to teach moral values? That's one of three key issues to be addressed during Ethics Conference 2000 continuing on campus through April.

According to John Danley, professor of Philosophical Studies and conference coordinator, the three issues grew out of concerns raised by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. "As a means of insuring that planning for the future of Illinois higher education will be well-informed, the IBHE commissioned researchers to survey residents, opinion leaders, and employers," Danley said.

The surveys were conducted in fall 1998, and presented to the IBHE in December of that year. They revealed extremely strong approval of two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities in Illinois, said Danley: "Ninety-three percent of residents and ninety-five percent of opinion leaders approved or strongly approved of the job being done, and were also very satisfied with the way higher education was preparing graduates for the workplace.

"At the same time, the results also indicated room for improvement in a couple of areas." According to the survey, "less than half of the residents and only a third of the opinion leaders thought higher education was doing a good job in instilling ethical and moral values in students.

"Ethics Conference 2000 is SIUE's attempt to address this concern," Danley pointed out. SIUE has identified three issues to be discussed at the conference:

• What do citizens mean when they claim they want public higher education to inculcate students with moral values?

• What is higher education doing with respect to teaching moral values?

•What should public higher education's role be in teaching moral values?

"In one way or another," Danley said, "our activities at this conference will attempt to address these three concerns." Danley also said the conference has a Web site with several resource links devoted to ethics, applied ethics, business ethics, and engineering ethics, to name a few. The site also features a conference activities schedule: bsakkar/ETHICS.html.

Here's the remaining schedule:

• Friday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., luncheon for SIUE faculty-Donna Werner, program coordinator for Ethics Across the Curriculum at Saint Louis University, will speak about the SLU program that provides faculty members across various disciplines with tools and resources to address ethical issues in the classroom. The program sponsors seminars, workshops, lectures, symposia, and roundtable discussions open to all SLU faculty.

For more information about Ethics Conference 2000, call Professor John Danley, (618) 650-2096, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2096, or by e-mail:

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